November 4, 2015

In a victory for local governmental transparency and the rights of citizens to engage in decisionmaking, the San Ysidro School District has agreed to cure and correct public participation deficiencies of its September 24, 2015 Board Meeting.

At this meeting, the Board made an appointment to fill a vacancy without allowing interested members of the public to provide comment.

Attorneys at Coast Law Group, LLP and Briggs Law Corporation, acting on behalf of clients San Diegans for Open Government and Mr. Chris Shilling, provided legal notice of these deficiencies on October 26. The Board responded today indicating the appointment would be placed on the November 12, 2015 Board agenda in order to cure and correct the prior violations of the Brown Act.

“The School Board’s process was a blatant violation of the Brown Act.” said Livia Borak, attorney for Mr. Shilling and SanDOG. “To cure the violation they’ll have to rescind the prior appointment and redo the entire process. We’re glad the public will have an opportunity to weigh in this time.”

The board agenda will be posted to the school website.