OCDA Says Placentia-Yorba Linda Trustees May Have Violated the Brown Act
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education has been warned that two of its members may have violated the Brown Act. To avoid further action, the Board must “address and remedy” the potential violations. The Board plans to do exactly that following a vote Tuesday.
The two trustees accused by the Orange County District Attorney of violating the state’s open meetings law are Leandra Blades and Shawn Youngblood. They abstained from Tuesday’s vote.
Ironically, the Orange County District Attorney’s investigation began after Blades accused Board President Carrie Buck of violating the law for shutting down meetings because attendees refused to wear masks. The OCDA looked into it and concluded Buck hadn’t done anything wrong — but that two of her detractors on the dais had.
Per a letter:
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (“OCDA”) recently received a complaint regarding the actions of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board (“the Board”). This complaint concerned Board Trustee Carrie Buck’s termination of meetings without formal motions to adjourn after several audience members refused to wear masks. Based on a review of the relevant facts and law, OCDA does not believe her actions were violations of the Brown Act. However, in reviewing the matter, OCDA discovered potential violations related to the Board’s February 2, 2022 meeting.
It appears that when the Board considered resolutions proposed by Trustee Leandra Blades that were not on the special meeting agenda and did not qualify as “emergency” measures. In addition, Trustee Shawn Youngblood may not have remained at the remote meeting location during the entirety of the meeting as disclosed on the meeting agenda.”
OCDA provided a series of steps trustees must follow to remedy Blades’ and Youngblood’s actions.
Read more about the alleged violations and reactions from the Board at Voice of OC.