CPRA

A&A: Under CPRA, do I have a right to know who issued a citation?

Q: I recently received a copy of vehicular citations from a local police department. The names of the officers issuing the citations are not listed. Do I have a right under the CPRA to find out the name of the officer? A: Under California’s Public Records Act, “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of […]

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A&A: Can we compel our non-profit hospital to share financial information with the community?

Q: I have received information that my local non-profit hospital pays too-high salaries to its top administrators, has a serious morale problem among doctors and nurses, and is not transparent to the public which grants its non-profit status. My understanding is board members of the hospital do not receive salary information and a full accounting […]

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A&A: Personal privacy exemption for public college dean

Q: I am reporting on a public college’s dean who appears to spend a lot of university money on luxurious travel. I requested phone bills from her publicly funded-phone because I heard she often calls the kennel where she boards her dog from international locales from that phone. I got the phone bills but all […]

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A&A: Foundation that gives millions to county agency claims CPRA doesn’t apply to them

Q: I am investigating a foster care shelter in California. When a child is removed from an abusive home, the child is taken to this shelter to wait for a foster home. The shelter is run by the county.  However,  it receives major funding from a foundation. The foundation and the shelter have the same […]

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A&A: CPRA request denied for city employee’s college grades

Q: The City has an employee reimbursement education program for college credits. Part of the city’s requirement for reimbursement is a minimum C grade. I made a public records request for the elected City Clerk and I’m told her grades are confidential by some Federal Statute. She has objected to my obtaining this information. Is […]

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A&A: Records request denied due to “deliberative process privilege”

Q: My city is claiming “deliberative process privilege” in redacting the planning director appointment calendar. I’m wondering if there have been any successful challenges to the deliberative process privilege since Schwartznegger’s refusal to turn over appt calendars for two aides citing this privilege? A: It has been argued, and a state appellate court has rejected, […]

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A&A: Can I access history of code violations using the CPRA?

Q: I filed a code violation complaint in 2005 because of hoarding and abandoned vehicles on a neighbor’s easement.  Many things have transpired since but I cannot get an answer to why the County did not simply warn the owner; clean up and bill him as muni. code states & as building inspector has told […]

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A&A: City finds many ways to deny CPRA requests for emails

Q: My newspaper has had difficulty accessing City emails via public records requests. Our city has a written policy of only making available email from the city server (city manager, city finance director, etc.) for a 30 day time period from the date of the submission of the public record request. PRA requests are repeatedly […]

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Public Records: CPRA, FOIA

A&A: Does the CPRA cover CA Energy Commission applicants?

Q: Tricky CPRA question regarding photos taken during a study undertaken by an an applicant for a California Energy Commission license. The company submitted a report, but CEC staff had many questions, and wanted photos, notes, data from the study, and to speak with the biologist who conducted it; staff requested a subpoena for the […]

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A&A: Does the CPRA allow use of iPhone to photograph public records?

Q: The County Recorders Office prohibits the use of hand scanners or digital cameras in its Public Documents room and requires researchers to purchase document copies from them. Is this restriction legal ? A: The California Public Records Act (CPRA), in pertinent part, only requires that an agency’s records be “open for inspection”, Govt. Code […]

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