The Brown Act was written by and for the protection of California politicians, bureaucrats and their lawyers, and not for the public benefit.
On June 2, 2011, the SLO Grand Jury reported that there was a conflict of interest between John Wallace, administrator of the South County Sanitation District, and his engineering firm the Wallace Group. A contract has existed between the district and the company since 1986.
This conflict of interest is a violation of the Brown Act and has criminal and civil penalties.
None of these penalties have been pursued by the appropriate officials.
On May 20, 2012, San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx, a politician and lawyer, concluded that Debbie Arnold violated the Brown Act because Arnold spoke publicly about how certain politicians’/bureaucrats’ salaries were arrived at.
Thus, Marx advocates relying on the Brown Act that says salaries the public pays for are to be discussed in back rooms where the politicians/bureaucrats scrub each other’s backs.