California boards want to keep pandemic rules for public meetings. Critics call it bad for democracy
For a July meeting, the Little Hoover Commission — an independent state oversight agency — posted notice that the public could attend in Sacramento, but also in Traverse City, Mich., or Southampton, N.Y.
Why the locations scattered across the country? Because some commissioners were taking part in the discussion on aging while on vacation, but California’s open meetings law requires in-person access to members of state bodies during public meetings, wherever they are.
The odd setup is a reflection of a post-pandemic world: While COVID-19 public health rules have relaxed around in-person gatherings,...