Schwarzenegger signs bill allowing county supervisors to meet outside of L.A.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that would allow the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to hold meetings outside the city of Los Angeles.
AB 139 by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) exempts the boards of supervisors of all counties in California from a state law requiring them to hold "regular" board meetings in their county seat, which is the city of Los Angeles for her county. State law does allow for regular meetings to be "recessed" from one location to another, but Brownley said the bill signed by the governor was needed to make it easier to call board meetings.
"Some counties are so geographically large or, like Los Angeles, so congested that it is hard for residents to travel to the county seat to participate in local governmental decisions," Brownley said
The governor signed the measure, spokesman Matt Connelly said, because "it increases access for citizens from every geographic region in a county to their Board of Supervisors meetings."
-- Patrick McGreevy