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A visit from the police

A&A: Police won’t provide me access to my interrogation reports

Q:  My landlord has called Police Department many times to harass me. I've called and written to the PD for copies of the field interrogations but they refuse to release them to me because I'm the person complained about.  I would like to know what is contained in the complaints.  And is there a legal way to obtain [...]
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911 Dispatch

A&A: Trying to access the transcript of a 911 call

Q: I had an allergic reaction between some medication I am on and alcohol while traveling on Amtrak. The conductor called 911 and instead of a paramedic showing up a police officer arrested me and put me jail. I did not cause any disturbance on the train. I did eventually spend four days in the hospital over [...]
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Free speech and school rules about social media

A&A: School District dictatorial about student use of social media, txting

Q: Our six children have been enrolled in our community public schools since 1992. Three of our children have already graduated, one is graduating this year and on will be graduating in 2019. With the advent of mobile communications, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc the administrations at the middle and high schools have become increasingly dictatorial about [...]
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Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain - Fair Use

A&A: Is it Fair Use to post musical film clips for a history class?

Q: I am an educator who set up a 501(c(3) to teach American history through the music of Gershwin, Berlin, Cole Porter, etc. by narrating film clips of their movies. Mrs. Gene Kelly inquired how I have the right to use these film clips without permission. I have prepared a letter in response and was looking [...]
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Live streaming meeting

A&A: Can they deny my request for a video of a meeting that was streamed live?

Q: I have been denied my request for a copy of a videotape of a Town Hall Meeting that was streamed live over the Internet.  They claim they can not release the video for personnel reasons I was also denied access to the County Sheriff Department's "Pink Slips," which are held in the reception office of [...]
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Squid vessel permit denied

A&A: Request for names of Squid Vessel Permit buyers denied

Q: I am a commercial fisherman and a journalist. Pursuant to my rights under the California Public Record Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), I am requesting a list of all Market Squid Vessel Permits bought and sold during the last five years. Included in the list, I specifically want the names of the buyers [...]
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Researcher denied Black Dahlia files

A&A: Writer denied access to coroner’s report on 1947 Black Dahlia case

Q: I am researching the ‘Black Dahlia’ murder in California in 1947. I have asked the LAPD for its file on this case, which has been refused under section 6254(f) of the CPRA. The FBI and DA have disclosed their files on the case (the FBI with heavy redactions).The LA County Coroner’s Office refuses to disclose […]

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Accessing University Documents

A&A: Accessing university’s decision making on promotions and tenure

Q:  I’m working on a book on the discovery of AIDS. The discoverer was denied support for his promotion and tenure by his department’s promotion and tenure committee. I wish to obtain all documents related to this decision. Two questions: 1. Can I obtain them using FOIA? 2. Do I address the FOIA to the […]

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A&A: Will attorney/client privilege keep me from learning how County is spending bond money?

Q: I recently asked my county Supervisor what code or law allowed them to use funds from a CSA (County Service Area), which is involved in a lawsuit. What was presented to the people in the ballot said nothing about using the funds for the legal defense of the County. Is the information I requested attorney client privilege [...]
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Freedom of Information Act

A&A: How can I find out if a non-profit is cooking the books?

Q: I’m pretty sure a 501(c) 3 in San Francisco is cooking its books. For example, claiming on their 990 that a certain program cost $50,000 when I think it’s more like $500. Can I demand their receipts under a FOIA request? Is there a reward for discovering and proving such scammers? A: It appears […]

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