Saturday, January 9, 2010

Madison Nguyen, Lan Nguyen and Brown Act Violation

Lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court against City of San Jose City Council for violation of the Brown Act by the Vietnamese American community is set to be heard for summary judgment by Superior Court in early Feb. 2010.   The update on the lawsuit can be viewed at:

The lawsuit alleged that Councilmember Madison Nguyen had conspired to deny the Vietnamese-American community the name "Little Saigon".  The lawsuit alleged that Nguyen violated the Brown Act in cutting deals with other city councilmembers behind close door to go against the majority desire of the community.

The conventional wisdom is that the city will likely to settle before the trial because the evidence is very strong against Madison Nguyen. 

Not to be outdone by Madison Nguyen, one of her supporters in Southern California, Lan Nguyen, a school board member of Garden Grove Unified School District is in Brown Act controversial of his own.

Lan Nguyen is a right hand man of the Assemblyman Van Tran and is well known in Little Saigon as a hitman for Van Tran against OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen and  Garden Grove Unified School District school board member Kim Oanh Nguyen Lam. 

According to the OC Register:

" School board member Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam walked out of Tuesday night's school board meeting and has said she will not return to work with the board until they resolve a "Brown Act violation."

Nguyen-Lam alleges that trustees Lan Quoc Nguyen, Bob Harden and George West made a deal among themselves to nominate each other for the ceremonial positions of president and vice president minutes before the start of the Dec. 15 board meeting as they were seated on the dais.

Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam walked out of Tuesday night's School Board meeting alleging that her fellow board members violated the Brown Act.

"I was sitting right there shocked and confused," Nguyen-Lam said today. "I couldn't believe I saw what I saw."

Nguyen-Lam said she believes she witnessed a "political conspiracy" to keep her from getting those ceremonial positions."

Other OC blogs also reported the story:

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