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At the November 20, 2018 City Council meeting, a constituent raised a question about the Public Comment process.
Why don’t City Council members engage in back and forth discussions with constituents during public comment on non-agenda items at City Council meetings?
The Brown Act covers a multitude of details pertaining to public meetings, agendas, notices and public participation. The Brown Act was adopted in 1953 and reconfirmed in November 2004 by the adoption of Proposition 59 which amended the California Constitution. The Brown Act is very clear on when and how public comment may be addressed in relation to agendized items and non-agenda items.
According to the League of California Cities, A Guide to the Ralph M. Brown Act:
“The public can talk about anything within the jurisdiction of the legislative body, but the legislative body generally cannot act on or discuss an item not on the agenda.”
“While the Brown Act does not allow discussion or action on items not on the agenda, it does allow members of the legislative body, or its staff, to “briefly respond” to comments or questions from members of the public, provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, or direct staff to place the issue on a future agenda.”
The Brown Act declares:
“The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, and, therefore, the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies shall be open to public scrutiny.”
“All meetings of the legislative body of a local agency shall be open and public, and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the legislative body of a local agency, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.”
I’m confused about lane closures for the I-15 Express Lane project and the Cajalco Interchange Project. When will roads or ramps actually be closed?
There are currently two separate projects going on near the I-15, the I-15 Express Lanes Project and the Cajalco Road I-15 Interchange Improvement Project which some residents have gotten confused. Some residents have assumed that current road closures on Cajalco and the I-15 have been due to the I-15 Express Lanes Project, when in fact they were a part of the Cajalco Road I-15 Interchange Improvement Project.
RCTC's I-15 Express Lanes Project aims to improve the I-15 between Cajalco Road and State Route 60. The project will add two tolled express lanes in each direction on I-15 between Cajalco Road and SR-60, a distance of approximately 15 miles.
The Cajalco Road I-15 Interchange Improvement Project is a City of Corona project in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 8, and is reconstructing the interchange located on Interstate 15 (I-15) at Cajalco Road from Temescal Canyon Road to Bedford Canyon Road. The $45 million dollar investment includes the widening of Cajalco Road from a two-lane bridge to a six-lane overcrossing bridge on a new alignment north of the existing bridge.
To stay in the know about all construction alerts for both projects, you can sign up for construction alerts on the links below. (Please note: these are two separate projects, by separate agencies, so you will need to sign up for both separately).