Dana Point Times, Vol. 1, Issue 38, October 24-30, 2008

By Lacey Nadeau

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees eliminated subcommittee meetings during a special meeting held October 20. The one-item agenda for the public meeting directed the board to “cure and correct” alleged Brown Act violations the teachers union claims the board committed during a September subcommittee meeting.

A letter sent by CUSD attorney Anthony De Marco agrees with the Capistrano Unified Education Association on one of its claims: that board President Ellen Addonizio’s audience participation in that subcommittee meeting turned it into a regular board meeting. If that happened, it would have broken the law because regular board meetings require certain notification to the public.

By a vote of 4-2, with one trustee absent, trustees agreed to put a halt to subcommittee meetings altogether in order to avoid breaking the law in the future. The action was taken despite staff recommendation that the board approve a resolution acknowledging the law was broken and would not be broken in the future.

WHAT’S NEXT: CUSD could possibly face legal action by the union, who requested a cure and correction and gave a deadline of October 22.

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