Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/23/2011 05:29:36 PM PDT

UPLAND – A former City Council candidate is continuing to keep an eye on City Hall.

Maureen Sundstrom, an attorney, has filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office accusing the City Council of violating the Brown Act during its Sept. 12 meeting regarding two agenda items.

“I’ve gone to many of the City Council meetings. That was actually the first one where I had an issue with what was one the agenda versus what was done,” Sundstrom said. “It was pretty blatant to me. A lot of people were leaving the meeting grumbling under their breathe – `What did that come from? I didn’t know anything about that.”‘

District Attorney’s Office spokesman Christopher Lee confirmed that the complaint was received and that it is under review.

The Brown Act allows the public the opportunity participate in meetings of local government agencies.

Sundstrom said she confronted the city with the complaint before filing it with the District Attorney’s Office.

City Clerk Stephanie Mendenhall and City Attorney William Curley said there was not a violation of the Brown Act, said City Manager Stephen Dunn.

The first item of contention is regarding a closed session item involving former Upland police Chief Steve Adams’ liability claim.

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