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MERCURY NEWS ALLEGES ILLEGAL MEETINGS HELD ON RAIDERS DEAL
Published December 1, 1997
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).