Ohio Sunshine Laws

Texas gets public comments right

I love my readers, especially Jay Madewell, who slipped this link to me. It seems, someone in Texas realized that silencing the public at meetings when you are supposedly doing their business- is WRONG. Dayton used to allow people to speak before votes on city manager recommendations, and again at public comments, and again if Read More

Forums on Media and Democracy that aren’t forums

I stepped up to the microphone to answer a question about what we can do to change things locally, after being mislabled as a cameraman from DATV, and before I was a few sentences in, Dr Donald Nguyen screams out and interrupts me with “What’s your question.” This is not how a public forum discusses Read More

Esrati wins action on library internal video

After almost 4 months of delays caused by the library supplying faulty video to Judge Gerald Parker, and pressure from me to find them in contempt, the judge was finally supplied watchable video and ruled against the libraries argument that the internal security video wasn’t public record. The Court has reviewed the surveillance video at Read More

2nd District Court of Appeals eclipses the sunshine laws

There will be no sunshine in Dayton. Apparently, the Second District Court of Appeals still believes that it is the responsibility of those locked out of public meetings to prove that “deliberations took place” in a meeting they weren’t allowed to attend, observe, record. This is the polar opposite of what everything that is explained Read More

You’re invited! The Sunshine Laws Smackdown event. FREE! Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

The Dayton Public Schools had a committee hold an illegal secret meeting to decide what schools to close. I filed a lawsuit to hold them accountable to the Sunshine laws. It got dismissed by Judge Richard Skelton on really stupid grounds: He said I failed to prove they deliberated in a meeting I wasn’t allowed Read More

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