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Lincoln City Homepage was allowed to attend the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) executive session as news media Friday, Aug. 10, in Salem, where the commission voted to launch a full investigation to determine whether the news site was illegally excluded from a Lincoln City City Council special session.

Justin Werner OGEC Ethics Complaint
Homepage Publisher Justin Werner

OGEC ruled in favor of the multimedia news company by deciding to investigate the City Council’s involvement based on a preliminary report that states: “There appears to be a substantial objective basis to believe that a violation of the executive session provisions of Oregon Public Meetings law may have occurred on 6/04/2018 when an executive session was held by the City Council from which a member of the media was excluded.”

The preliminary report also states: “should this case be moved to investigation the Commission would investigate whether the complainant was a representative of the news media in accordance with the AG (Attorney General) Opinion.

Reporter threatened with arrest for attending council meeting

In other action, Lincoln City resident Jerry Warner’s ethics complaint against Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley and her husband over their Beach Club property was dismissed in the preliminary review phase.

UPDATE: Ethics complaint filed against Lincoln City Public Works director

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your clarity. My comment was conveniently blocked as I must have offended the mighty Defender of Free Press in Lincoln City! LOL

  2. John, two things: One, this story is three years old. The issue it describes was eventually resolved. Two, under state law representatives of the news media may attend City Council executive sessions, but they are not allowed to report on them. Executive sessions are not open to the public for very good reasons. They involve things like personnel issues, real estate transactions, or litigation strategy. There are no restrictions on reporting what goes on at public meetings.

  3. So……there is no such thing as freedom of the press here in Lincoln City?

    The freedom of the press, protected by the First Amendment, is critical to a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. Freedom of the press—the right to report news or circulate opinion without censorship from the government—was considered “one of the great bulwarks of liberty,” by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Americans enjoy freedom of the press as one of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

  4. After all the shenanigans this council has pulled on the mayor including the city attorney and ex police police chief filing bogus charges J don’t believe the ethics s commission wants to get involved with anything in Lincoln City. While they may have dismissed the Bradley complaint morally there was wrong doing by Bradley and council.

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