This topic is a little bit of "inside baseball" but interesting for what it says about the state finances--and the $68 to $100 billion we have for Jerry's train. The Brown Act is what is known as the "Sunshine Act" in some states and delineates how public notice of impending government actions has to be done. The Daily Journal is reporting on Sacramento's decision not to pay for the costs
“When Governor Brown recently decided to stop reimbursing local government agencies for the costs of enforcing the Brown Act, he did not rescind the Brown Act itself – he just made it an ‘unfunded mandate,’” said county Supervisor Don Horsley. “It’s a shame that California’s budget is in such a shambles that this is how the governor is going to save an additional $95 million, which he says will be reinstated should his proposed tax initiative be approved in November.”
Despite that, Horsley said the county will continue to provide public notices. Local cities — South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay and Redwood City — also confirmed that the practices of making such information available would not change.
It's somewhat story-as-usual in B'game for nearly 20 years
Burlingame’s annual request is about $20,000. Since the 1997-98 fiscal year, Burlingame is owed over $200,000 to cover Brown Act requirements.
“We submit the annual reports and sometimes they pay and sometimes they do not. ... We don’t rely on the payments to run the city. If they pay, then it’s gravy,” said Burlingame Finance Director Jesus Nava.
Must be nice to just not pay one's debts, but we have money for a government-owned train that has no private investors in sight...........and a raft of new taxes on the November ballot.