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MERCURY NEWS ALLEGES ILLEGAL MEETINGS HELD ON RAIDERS DEAL

          The San Jose Mercury News filed a lawsuit alleging that
     East Bay officials "violated the state's open-meeting law by
     conducting private meetings on cash-flow projections and
     marketing plans for the troubled" Raiders deal, according to
     Dennis Akizuki of the MERCURY NEWS.  The suit, filed in
     Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, also charges that
     the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority (OACCA) "has
     illegally withheld the documents discussed in the meetings." 
     One document "shows that taxpayers could end up paying
     millions of dollars more than previously thought to support
     the controversial deal that returned the Raiders to
     Oakland."  Mercury News attorney Ed Davis: "When you are
     dealing with discussions of public money, you have to do it
     in public, with few exceptions."  OACCA officials "refused
     to comment," and have 30 days to respond to the suit.  The
     Mercury News is asking the court to "order the release" of
     the documents and require the authority to tape future
     closed meetings (Dennis Akizuki, S.J. MERCURY NEWS, 11/27).

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