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Local News in Brief : New City’s Officials Told to Meet Publicly

Elected officials in the newly created city of Diamond Bar have been ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to hold their meetings in public even though they have not yet been sworn into office.

Judge Edward Ross on Thursday granted a request from the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune for a court order to force the City Council to comply with the state’s open-meeting law. The paper contended that council members-elect had violated the Brown Act by barring a reporter from a March 9 meeting. Members of the council-elect said they had been assured by county officials that they are not governed by the law until they are sworn into office, but the paper’s attorneys argued that members of the council-elect were discussing matters of public importance and should be required to do so in open session.


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