New law could help city deal with disruptive live meeting attendees – Pasadena Now

On Monday, several callers challenged the city council to allow members of the public back into council chambers.

But when that happens, a new law could impact how the city council deals with disruptive members of the public.

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that redefines the Brown Law. Senate Bill 1100 will allow the mayor and committee and commission chairs to remove disruptive members during meetings.

“This bill would authorize the presiding member of the legislature who conducts a meeting or his or her delegate to remove or cause to be removed a person for disrupting the meeting,” according to the bill.

“The bill, unless otherwise provided, would require that removal be preceded by a warning to the individual by the presiding member of the legislative body or his or her delegate that the behavior of the individual is disruptive to the meeting and that the fact failure of the individual to cease the behavior may result in their removal.The bill would authorize the presiding member or his delegate to subsequently remove the individual if the individual does not promptly cease the disruptive behavior.

The city has not allowed residents into council chambers since the pandemic began, although the school board and the Pasadena City College board of trustees have resumed meetings in front of the public.

Several city councilors returned to the council chamber.

Members of the public will not be permitted in council chambers anytime soon.

City Council on Monday approved its monthly resolution that will once again allow council and its sub-committees and commissions to continue meeting virtually for at least 30 days despite an earlier call from Mayor Victor Gordo for a return to live meetings. .

An executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom allowing virtual meetings and suspending parts of the Brown Law, which governs open meetings of legislative bodies, expired Sept. 30.

Local government bodies can continue to meet virtually if pass a resolution every 30 days to continue online meeting under Assembly Bill 361.

Beyond this initial 30-day period, he must establish the circumstances of the state of emergency and make the required observations at least 30 days after the adoption of the resolution and every 30 days thereafter.

Under state law, real-time public comment must be permitted by phone or the Internet. If the system does not allow public comments, the meeting must be terminated.

In May, Mayor Victor Gordo told council members to prepare to attend meetings in front of the public soon.

A month later, however, the Council voted to continue meeting virtually.

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