October, 2010

San Francisco task force says state attorney general candidate violated public records act

San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force found that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’s office violated the the city’s open records law when it failed to release public records requested by Steve Cooley, her opponent in the race for attorney general. -db San Francisco Chronicle October 30, 2010 By Marisa Lagos San Francisco District Attorney […]

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Delaware senate candidate O’Donnell claims slandered in Gawker post

Backed by the National Organization for Women, a spokesperson for Delaware senate candidate Christine O’Donnell condemned a post by an anonymous man on  Gawker who claimed  he had a sexual encounter with the candidate. -db Politico October 28, 2010 By Andy Barr Christine O’Donnell’s campaign late Thursday night responded to an anonymous Gawker post claiming […]

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Conservative group sues for Clinton tapes of talks with historian friend

The Judicial Watch has sued the National Archive to obtain tapes of conversations between then-President Bill Clinton and historian Taylor Branch. -db The Washington Post October 28, 2010 By Spencer S. Hsu A conservative watchdog group has filed a lawsuit claiming that 79 recorded conversations between then-President Bill Clinton and his friend and historian Taylor […]

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District Attorney finds no open meeting violations by Rose Bowl managers

Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutors said that the Rose Bowl Operating Company listed clearly the subject of discussions in their agenda for an October meeting on the stadium renovation so did not violate the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. -db Pasadena Star-News October 28, 2010 Prosecutors said Thursday they have determined the Rose […]

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Condo renter wins free speech battle over election signs

Asked to remove political signs last month from the windows of his rental condo, a San Francisco man refused and the condo managers eventually conceded that a state law protected his right to post the signs. -db San Francisco Chronicle October 29, 2010 By Bob Egelko When Elliot Kamin posted a couple of political signs […]

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Obama’s Courtroom Lawyer Overruled Fed on Appealing FOIA case to Supreme Court

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — The Obama Administration’s top courtroom lawyer directed the Federal Reserve to drop its plan to ask the Supreme Court to block the release of bank bailout records, according to a legal brief filed by a group of the biggest commercial banks. The Fed did not join the Clearing House Association LLC, […]

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California appeals court rules media no right to records of investigation of alleged kidnapper’s parole

The Third District Court of Appeals ruled that under the state’s Public Records Act, the Inspector General did not have to release the details of an investigation of parole authorities who during Phillip Garrido’s parole did not discover details of the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl. -db Metropolitan News-Enterprise October 27, 2010 By a MetNews […]

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Judge rules Connecticut voters can don wrestling garb to vote

In a resounding blow for free expression, a federal judge has ruled that voters may wear the garb of their favorite wrestler as they go to the polls to vote for Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon whose husband is the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. -db The Christian Science Monitor Commentary October 27, 2010 By […]

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Federal judge finds First Amendment violation in restrictions on Venice Beach vendors

A federal district judge ruled that a Los Angeles law regulating performers and vendors on the Venice Beach boardwalk violated free speech rights. -db Los Angeles Times October 26, 2010 By Andrew Blankstein A federal judge has issued a ruling that blocks portions of a Los Angeles ordinance designed to regulate performers and vendors along […]

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A&A: School personnel campaigning on public dime

Q: Can I request emails from the school district without using an attorney? I want to request emails between the superintendent and other employees, assistant superintendent and union reps, and board members and school employees? Reason: I have seen hard evidence that they are campaigning on school time, using equipment to run campaigning materials and […]

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