DA rebukes Oroville council

Ramsey tells city that five members violated the Brown Act twice

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey told the Oroville City Council Tuesday night (Oct. 16) that five members had violated the Brown Act a second time, and while he wouldn’t prosecute them, he’d consider charges for a third violation.

Ramsey said he’d heard from Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs that the five had come together to her office to file a complaint about a voter registration matter. They were Vice Mayor Janet Goodson and council members Jack Berry, Marlene del Rosario, Linda Draper and Art Hatley. Ramsey said he could charge each with a misdemeanor.

The Brown Act, California’s open-meetings law, prohibits a quorum from gathering to take action or make a decision without public notice. In July, those same council members drew a Brown Act complaint for their hasty censuring of Mayor Linda Dahlmeier, prompting another meeting on that vote. (See “Mayor censured … again,” Downstroke, July 26.)