Trosow served on the board the past year and before that worked in paid and volunteer positions at the museum, operating its store, designing exhibits and serving as archivist, over a period of 15 years.
In June 2009, the City Council approved a public-private partnership between the city and the Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove Inc.
, in which the city leased the museum and its collection for 15 years, while retaining ownership of the museum's property and its collections.
The foundation is responsible for operations, planning and management.
The Pacific Grove Museum Foundation board "in reality is a private organization unwilling to work with the city board," Trosow
"Everything in that area is 'in compliance,' but there's not really anything useful," Trosow
said, adding that until recently, postings of reports and meeting minutes have been delayed.
said Museum Foundation board meetings should be routinely open to the public, which they are not presently.
The foundation has argued that it is a private organization and not subject to the state's open meeting law, but Trosow
argued that with approximately $200,000 in city funds going to the museum, the public should have better access to the board's proceedings.