LAW SUIT AMENDED TO INCLUDE VIOLATIONS OF BROWN ACT BY SONOMA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Since January 14, when Petaluma Tomorrow along with the City of Petaluma, the Petaluma River Council, the Madrone Audubon Society, Friends of Shollenberger Park, Moms for Clean Air and five individuals filed a lawsuit against the county to stop the Dutra Asphalt Plant, much preparation has gone on regarding the suit and a complaint to the Board of Supervisors for Brown Act violations.
- The Board of Supervisors, in closed session and beyond public scrutiny, denied claims that they violated of the Brown Act, California’s Open Meeting Law at their meeting on December 14, 2010. At the December meeting the BoS prohibited any public comment on the Dutra Asphalt plant. This is a very disappointing violation of the basic tenants of open government.
- Based on the decision of the BOS regarding Brown Act violations, the law suit against the county has been amended to include the violations.
We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
PETALUMA TOMORROW PROMINENT IN ONGOING SAVE SHOLLENBERGER EFFORTS – Preparation of Documents for Law Suit
During the last week and a half PT members have taken a lead role in the volunteer effort to scan documents needed for the law suit to stop the Dutra Asphalt plant and save Shollenberger Park. An initial requirement to mount the legal action is the scanning of an estimated 70,000 pages of documents. Charges for the scanning would have been in excess of $65,000 had it been done by the county instead of volunteers. Reflecting our commitment to this effort and the dedication of individual members, over half of the volunteer time required to complete the task has been staffed by Petaluma Tomorrow members.