Nora Campos
Californians have a right to diss their officials

Los Angeles County leaders are once again on the wrong side of government transparency in their opposition to a bill that would prevent them from banning criticism of elected and appointed officials during public comment time at meetings. The Ralph M. Brown Act, California's open meetings law, protects the right of people to have meaningful input into their local governments' decision-making, in public, at the time and the place where their elected officials meet. That right necessarily includes the ability to critique the performance of politicians and bureaucrats. Such criticism surely is no fun for the targeted officials to hear, especially in front of peers and other...