The inquiry began when trustee Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam alleged that Lan Nguyen and trustees Bob Harden and George West made a deal among themselves to nominate each other for the ceremonial positions of president and vice president.
Nguyen-Lam stormed out of a Jan. 5 school board meeting saying she wouldn't come back until the issue was resolved.
Attorney Ronald D. Wenkart explained in his letter to the school board that Nguyen's separate conversations with Harden and West, as was alleged, did not constitute a violation of the Brown Act. He said the law "does not prohibit a board member from engaging in separate conversations or communications outside of a meeting with another board member."
Lan Nguyen said the attorney's explanation clearly shows that he did not violate any public-meeting laws.
Nguyen-Lam said today that she is satisfied with Wenkart's explanation. "I guess it's a legal technicality," she said.
But the issue of "public trust and integrity" among board members is still in question, she said.
"Lan Nguyen's behavior of making these deals before a board meeting is still not appropriate," she said. "I wanted to draw the public's attention to the issue and I think I was successful in doing that."
Nguyen-Lam said she has never been appointed to the two ceremonial posts in the six years she has served on the board.