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534 Fourth Street, Ste. B

San Rafael, CA  94901

 415-460-5060

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Press-EnterpriseCITY COUNCILS: Officials' texting during meetings sparks debatePress-EnterprisePeter Scheer, executive director of the San Francisco-based First Amendment Coalition, said there is limited value to rules because people who seek approval from city councils talk to politicians mostly outside meetings. Still, Scheer said making ... more >>
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 9:28:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The Public Eye: New fees loom for online court searches in Sacramento CountyMerced Sun-StarThe decision inevitably will hinder public access to public documents, said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a San Rafael-based nonprofit aimed at improving openness in government. California's courts are “truly ...and more more >>
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 7:31:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Berkeley City Council files lawsuit to implement recently suspended district linesDaily CalifornianAccording to Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition and writer of one of the letters, the council can correct the alleged violation by voting again whether to hire legal counsel in a meeting that complies with more >>
Wed, Apr 09, 2014 12:57:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
San Diego County's system for tracking campaign donations called outdatedinewsource“Everything's a tradeoff,” said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a good-government advocacy group. “I can tell you that having meaningful and fast access to detailed information about campaign finance is something that ...and more more >>
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 1:02:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Fact Check Robert Garcia For MayorLBReport.comIn August 2009, First Amendment Coalition Executive Director Peter Scheer wrote in an essay titled "Government officials use personal email and texting to avoid public access laws..." [article text] "The latest device for openness avoidance is the use ...and more more >>
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 2:12:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Sacramento County court to charge for online documentsSacramento Business JournalThese are hard times for California's courts, but these online documents are quintessential public records that offer a window into the functioning of the court system, said Peter Scheer, executive director at the First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit ...and more more >>
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:01:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Morro Bay planning commissioner resigns because of meeting conflictThe San Luis Obispo TribunePeter Scheer, an attorney and executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said Friday that the re-vote did not violate the Brown Act, the state's open meeting law, if the public was also allowed to comment on the more >>
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 11:27:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
After pressure from student newspaper and faculty, Calif. community college ...Student Press Law CenterPeter Scheer, executive director of the California-based First Amendment Coalition, said this policy falls under a “confused area” of the First Amendment. Essentially, if a faculty member is speaking as a citizen — about politics, for example more >>
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 3:28:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
89.3 KPCC (blog)Public denied access to LA school officials' iPad software demonstration89.3 KPCC (blog)Peter Scheer, at the First Amendment Coalition, said a closed door review like this would not violate California's open meetings law, the Brown Act, as long as no more than two board members were present. Only board more >>
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:11:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Experts say lawsuit unlikely with apology to Wiyot Tribe; Eureka mayor says ...Humboldt Beacon”Frankly, I can't imagine any legitimate lawsuit being filed,” First Amendment Coalition Executive Director Peter Scheer said. “Even if the mayor of a small town were to claim that the city was in fact responsible for what more >>
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 9:35:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Huffington Post

Journalists Using Snowden’s Documents Are Protected by the First Huffington Post

October 22, 2013/  Peter Scheer, a lawyer and journalist, is executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. The views expressed here are his alone; they do not necessarily 

The Press Enterprise

Privacy laws often shield details of officer-involved death

Press-Enterprise-Oct 17, 2013.. rights and privacy of law enforcement, said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, of which The Press-Enterprise …

MORENO VALLEY: Naming of councilman may have violated law …

Press-Enterprise-Sep 27, 2013

On Friday, First Amendment legal expert Fred Woocher, former special… it with a third, that could be considered a meeting, Scheer said.

National Media

 Have Tea Party Activists in Congress Made Securities Trades From …

Huffington Post-by Peter Scheer-Oct 16, 2013

Peter Scheer, a lawyer and journalist, is executive director of the FirstAmendment Coalition. The opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect …

Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard-by Mark Coddington-Oct 11, 2013
… integrating ads, and Lauria on its over-reliance on ads in the first place….. a whole, and the First Amendment Coalition’s Peter Scheer argued …

Few Media Outlets Have the Power to Alter the Facts of the Stories …

Huffington Post-by Peter Scheer-Oct 7, 2013Peter Scheer, a lawyer and journalist, is executive director of the First AmendmentCoalition. The views expressed here are his alone; they do …

KPBS

 Media Maze Complicates Enforcement Of California Political Ad Rules

KPBS-Oct 4, 2013
Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, summarized the issue. “The problem is news advertising is not just a …
San Francisco Chronicle

 Judge’s gag order called unconstitutional

San Francisco Chronicle-Sep 30, 2013
Such a prohibition violates freedom of speech and the press, said Peter Scheer, a lawyer and executive director of the First Amendment …
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