Joe Lacey sues over illegal meetings- try a mask instead.

The requirements of the Ohio Sunshine laws are pretty clear- you meet according to schedule with the door open. The only exceptions justifying an executive session include discussions about personnel matters, the purchase of property, pending or imminent court action, and collective bargaining. You still must keep minutes- and open and close in an open public meeting.

So- when I found out the Dayton City Commission meeting was having secret meetings and discussing ways to end citizen participation- I wore a mask in public. I was arrested- and won every step of the way in court.

Now- Joe Lacey says the Dayton Public School Board can’t follow the law and is filing suit:

Lacey sues Dayton school board | Get on the Bus | Observations on schools, kids, teachers, teaching and education by Scott Elliott, Dayton Daily News
Dayton Board of Education member Joe Lacey Friday filed suit against the board claiming it violated the state’s open meetings law by deliberating and deciding the fate of Roosevelt High School outside of a public meeting.

In a conversation with me today, Lacey cited this blog, Get on the Bus, and comments by board member Mario Gallin, who explained the process for how the decision to raze Roosevelt was made in this blog post from December.

The bigger question is how many meetings were held in violation of the Sunshine laws to set up the deal to buy the School Board’s palace from Reynolds and Reynolds? Had the school board not bought the offices from Reynolds- and either built new, or converted Roosevelt- the school levy would have probably passed.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this case will uncover the Reynolds deal, even though Lacey may have the opportunity to question people under oath. Too bad he wasn’t on the board when the Reynolds deal went through.

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3 Responses

  1. Dad July 2, 2007 / 4:22 pm
    You always forget to explain why you wore a mask. What you said then was that they (the city commission) did not want to see the face of the public.

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  2. gene July 3, 2007 / 6:41 pm
    The face of the Dayton Public would involve a lit Marlboro Red in mouth, mullet, blood shot eyes, at least 3 earrings, hair coming out the nose, rotted and missing teeth, a scare from a pitbull attack, another scare from a fireworks accident, unshaven for six days, tatoo visible on face, and female. A mask, in this case of representation, was much needed. I think you should start selling these masks…….put me down for one medium and one large.

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  3. J.T. Ryder July 13, 2007 / 12:31 pm
    “The face of the Dayton Public would involve a lit Marlboro Red in mouth, mullet, blood shot eyes, at least 3 earrings, hair coming out the nose, rotted and missing teeth, a scare from a pitbull attack, another scare from a fireworks accident, unshaven for six days, tatoo visible on face, and female.”
    After I had my cousin bring her seet ass over to the compooter ‘n’ help me sound out the big words, I was awfenede…awfendeed..offallended…pissed off. Ya’ll needs ta take a closer look at Dayton’s diverse demographics. There are still semi-literate people around, although the reasons for remaining here become less and less with each passing day. Judge not lest ye be attacked by a pit bull.

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