Voice of OC – Irvine Faces Questions From Public Over Lack of Transparency in Public Meetings
Voice of OC — Residents are asking tough questions of Irvine City Council members this week in a cease and desist letter criticizing them for not doing enough to inform the public on what they’re doing.
The letter was written by members of Irvine Watchdog, a volunteer organization that closely monitors city politics and advocates for increased transparency.
They say the city violated the Brown Act, California’s chief public meetings law, multiple times by not properly notifying residents of upcoming agenda items and by halting public commenters.
Branda Lin, one of Watchdog’s founders, said the current council have been pushing back on open government rules since they came into office.
“We’ve been seeing a pattern and at some point you have to speak up. Enough was enough,” Lin said. “With this new city council, there have been multiple Brown Act violations without any consequence and at some point you ask yourself where is the accountability?”
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