South Pasadena may have violated the state’s Brown Act by meeting in secret, and the District Attorney has launched an investigation into the matter.
The Pasadena Star News reports:

The D.A.’s Public Integrity Unit investigation is focusing on an August meeting in which the closed-door interviews were listed on the council’s agenda as a “performance evaluation of the city manager.”

Under the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law, the city must properly list the topics discussed on the agenda and cannot use placeholder items like the city manager’s review.

On the day of the interviews, South Pasadena City Manager John Davidson declined to comment when asked whether candidates for police chief were being interviewed.

Two job candidates independently confirmed that they were being interviewed in closed session.

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