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Santa Barbara County Prosecutors Say College Trustees Didn’t Violate Open Meeting Laws

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:03am

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says the Santa Barbara City College   Board of Trustees didn’t violate open meeting laws in June, as had been alleged in a complaint which prompted an investigation.

At that meeting, the board discussed the employment of Superintendent/President Andreea Serban behind closed doors, but didn’t make an announcement about the discussion.  The board consulted with its legal counsel, which agreed no statement was needed.

The DA’s office says that based on its examination of the records, and current state law, the board didn’t act at the time in a way which required an announcement, and as a result didn’t violate the Brown Act.

Effective on July 29th, trustees took away Serban’s powers.  She still has her title, and is being paid, but under a deal is taking a paid leave of absence.

Trustees haven’t outlined exactly what led to the action, because it’s a personnel matter, but she and the board have clashed in the past over management styles.

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