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Monday, March 29, 2010

Spokane Open Meetings Issues on Real Estate

The Spokesman-Review writes this story on the City of Spokane's executive session on a real estate matter involving the YMCA, one that apparently does not involve a purchase price.

NOTE: Greg Overstreet of Allied Law Group is quoted in the article:
Since the city owns the Y and the bids have been made public, using real
estate to justify closure of the meeting may be questionable, said Greg
Overstreet, the former open government ombudsman for the state attorney
general’s office.

“You can’t close a meeting just because real estate is involved,”
Overstreet said. “There are several important requirements other than just the
topic being real estate.”

Here are the requirements in addition to the topic being real estate (see items (b) and (c)).