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Judge Rules San Bernardino County Violated The Brown Act, Voids Dawn Rowe’s Appointment


Dawn Rowe may be out as San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor after a superior court judge ruled that her appointment violated the Brown Act. 

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that the Board of Supervisors violated the Brown Act, which guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, when they chose Rowe for the Third District seat.

The judge’s ruling concludes that Rowe’s appointment is null and void and that a new appointment will be made by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Michael Gomez Daly is with IE United, the organization that filed the petition with the court. He says he hopes the governor’s appointment will be a transparent process.

Daly: “It'll probably be one of our main goals of ensuring that it's an open, transparent process that gives justice to the residents of District Three.”

County spokesman David Wert says the county has appealed the decision, staying the judge’s ruling.

For now, Rowe remains a supervisor.     

Rowe announced earlier this week that she will run for a full term as the Third District Supervisor in 2020 – her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.