Post by High Priestess on Mar 24, 2017 15:33:35 GMT
This is a new low in sleazy government methods -- when a city uses people's testimony at City Hall to go after them and fine/cite them for illegal activity. Most cities that I have had experience dealing with or knowing hosts working within, will make it clear that they will not use a person's testimony to City Officials via city Council meetings, to find out their names and then go after them for issues that they are there testifying about. It's disgusting to threatend to do so, because this essentially means that people can't take the risk to speak up.
In California the Brown Act, passed in 1953, guarantees that city meetings will be open to the public, and also states that those attending or speaking are not required to provide their names or any information about themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Act
I do advise people to make use of these provisions of the Brown Act in California if they feel on shaky ground, and when you speak at City Council, remember that you need not give your name, your address, or even city of residence.