Allegations of Brown Act violations plague relationship between Alpine Planning Group and Lou Russo

June 30, 2017 by Miriam Raftery via eastcountymagazine.org

Allegations of Brown Act violations plague relationship between Alpine Planning Group and Lou Russo

June 30, 2017 by Miriam Raftery via eastcountymagazine.org

Updated with responses from planning group members Russo and Martinez.

June 30, 2017 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) voted at its meeting last week to censure member Lou Russo for violation of the Group’s code of ethics. The vote was unanimous with the exception of Russo.

That code requires members to “conduct themselves in a manner both civil and professional, and to uphold the highest ethical and moral principals” including treating “fellow members with honesty and respect.” Members also acknowledge a duty to provide “honest dissemination of information” and to not “violate the privacy and confidentiality of information entrusted to them.”

Fellow ACPG member George Barnett says Russo has repeatedly sent emails address to him on matters of concern to the planning group, also sending blind copies to media and various other officials ranging from Supervisor Dianne Jacob to the District Attorney to other members of the ACPG. The latter has resulted in “enticing ACPG members into an ill-advised, and likely illegal, email chain of discussion—an activity of the Group potentially discussing public matters outside the realm of openness and transparency—something forbidden by the Brown Act.”

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