Los Angeles County resident Eric Preven said he has found it difficult to find timely Board of Supervisors transcripts posted to the county’s web site. A cursory review by The Times found the transcripts available here.
But Preven’s request highlights the fact that there is no requirement to produce meeting transcripts.
Preven said the response letter from the D.A.’s public integrity division is “a good example of how the letter-of-the-law may not support conduct that is consistent with the spirit of open government. The normal procedure is to make the transcripts available to the public, whether there is a law requiring officials to do it or not. Perhaps by publishing some of the issues surrounding public access the result will shine light in the cracks between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.”
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