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Monday, July 14, 2008

Supes Meeting Cancelled Due to Examiner Screwup

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM


By Will Harper

City officials have reluctantly pulled the plug on tomorrow's Board of Supervisors meeting because the Examiner failed to print the legally required notification over the weekend, Board President Aaron Peskin says.

With the city facing a $338 million deficit, Peskin says that "there could not be a worse time of year" for such a snafu to happen.

Peskin says the board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

According to Peskin, the Examiner normally prints the meeting agenda in its Saturday paper. Yesterday marked the debut of the Ex's Sunday edition. Peskin says the notice was supposed to run in the new Sunday edition but didn't.

The Snitch left a message for Examiner publisher John Wilcox, but hasn't heard back from him yet.

While Peskin acknowledged that most people these days get info on city meetings on the Internet, city and state sunshine laws still require notification in a newspaper of general circulation.

The city attorney's office is looking at remedies spelled out in its contract with the Examiner. One intriguing possibility under the contract: The city could cancel its deal with the Ex and run notices in the Chronicle instead. Peskin says the contract could even require the Examiner to pay the cost difference for running the notices in the more expensive Chron. Whether it comes to that, though, remains to be seen.

"We'll see where it goes," Peskin says. "This is not a mistake anyone can take lightly."

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