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ORDINANCE NO. NS-2843 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA <br />AMENDING SECTIONS 2-155 AND 2-157 OF THE SANTA <br />ANA MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO THE CITY OF <br />SANTA ANA SUNSHINE ORDINANCE <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines, <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. That all public agencies' actions, to the greatest extent possible, should be <br />taken openly and that their deliberations should be conducted openly. <br />B. An informed public is essential to democracy. It is the goal and intent of <br />the City of Santa Ana Sunshine Ordinance that citizens of Santa Ana have <br />timely access to information, opportunities to address the various <br />legislative bodies prior to decisions being made, and easy and timely <br />access to public records. <br />C. The City Council's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full <br />view of the public. <br />D. The City Council, appointed legislative bodies, and other city officials exist <br />to conduct the People's business. <br />E. The City Council reaffirms its commitment to the purpose of the Brown Act <br />that "all meetings of the legislative body of a local agency shall be open <br />and public, and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the <br />legislative body of a local agency." <br />F. That while the Brown Act and Public Records Act exist to facilitate public <br />participation in local government decisions and to curb misuse of the <br />democratic process by secret legislation by public bodies, the Santa Ana <br />Sunshine Laws are designed to reaffirm and strengthen the need for <br />transparency as represented by these laws. <br />G. The City Council enacts this Sunshine Ordinance to ensure that the <br />people of Santa Ana remain in control of the government that they have <br />created. <br />SECTION 2. The adoption of this ordinance is exempt from CEQA and a Notice of <br />Exemption will be filed if this ordinance is adopted. <br />Ordinance No. NS-2843 <br />Page 1 of 4