Private Meetings Between Regulators, Energy Insiders and Advisers to Gov. Jerry Brown
“Regardless of legality, public officials have ethical duties of accountability and transparency owed to the public that they serve,” Hana Callaghan said.
Callaghan said the preamble to California’s main open-meetings law, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act, articulates the principle nicely.
“It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly … The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created,” it states.
Hana Callaghan, Director of Government Ethics, quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune. (AP Images/Rich Pedroncelli).