Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Grand Jury Reviews Email Communication Between City Council And Community

emailThe San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury has completed their review of email communications between city council members, and their constituents in each community.

The Grand Jury recommends the City of Grover Beach change their website to allow direct citizen contact with council members and the cities of Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Atascadero, and Paso Robles provide a Brown Act disclosure, regarding the use of city-based emails.

The review was initiated to make sure there is transparency in city government when the city councils’ communicate with members of their communities.

The review included city policies relating to email in their jurisdiction, and if the public has direct access to their council members on city business.

Grover Beach and Morro Bay did not have direct email access to their city council members via email.  Morro Bay changed its policy during the review and its citizens may now communicate directly with their council members.  Grover Beach advised that citizens may contact council members through a general website, but not directly.  

San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande included a Brown Act admonition in their websites.   

The Brown Act is the open meeting act, which requires city business to be public, and open, with certain exceptions.  The Grand Jury found no Brown Act violations in any of the cities reviewed.