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San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe may have to vacate her seat following an appellate court ruling yesterday.

An appellate court has ruled against the county’s request that Rowe stay in her seat while it appeals an earlier superior court ruling that voided her appointment.

In September of 2019, Superior Court Judge Janet M. Frangie ordered Rowe’s appointment to the Third District seat be rescinded because it violated the state’s open-meeting law, the Brown Act.


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.