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A&A: How can I access records on decisions regarding promotions and tenure at UC?

Q: I'm working on a book that requires me to access  records regarding the denial of support for a prominent University of California professor 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 [...]
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Accessig legal retainer documents

A&A: Can I access attorney’s retainer agreement and invoices via the Public Records Act?

Q: Our local fire district and its former chief, a "retired CalPERS annuitant," are involved in a judicial process contesting a pension amount owed due to "double dipping" The elected officials have held numerous closed sessions to discuss these legal matters. In an attempt to discover if the fire district is using taxpayer dollars to defend the [...]
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A&A: Can they stop me from gathering signatures in a city-owned building?

Q: Are signature gatherers allowed to solicit signatures for an initiative petition in a City-owned building that is used for public meetings? Do you have a question for our free the Legal Hotline? Ask it now! jQuery(function () { jQuery(".tooltip-55b6da0c0867e").bsf_tooltip(); }) A: You raise a very interesting question about the constitutional right to petition.  The [...]
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A visit from the police

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

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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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