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Lawsuit alleges Humboldt County Supervisors violated Brown Act

EUREKA- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is facing a lawsuit alleging the group violated the Brown Act on three separate occasions.

At the supervisor’s afternoon session on October 14, Fortuna resident Janelle Egger delivered a court summons to supervisor Rex Bohn during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Egger filed a writ of mandate against the county alleging that meetings of the Human Rights Commission’s Homeless Committee, G-1 action item committee, and the board’s agenda setting committee should be open to the public.

“The code section said that it had to be served on the presiding officer or the secretary, so going to the clerk wasn't an option,” said Egger. “I just feel that it is better for the county, it is better for us all that things be discussed in open meetings so that we know what's going on.”

At last week’s meeting there was confusion as to whether the summons was properly delivered, with egger insisting that she was following California code. Amid the confusion supervisor Bohn came down from the dais and accepted the document.

Bohn says he was unfamiliar with the code regarding delivery of a summons, but has turned the case over to county counsel.

“It’s the first time this has come up, nobody ever remembered the board being served so it's surely not knowing out of repetition of how it's supposed to be done. It's just not how I remember it's supposed to be done, getting a summons,” said Bohn. “Hopefully, the county counsel can work through this and hopefully answer this woman's questions properly so she understands and everybody's on the same page on how our commissions work.”