California cities want public records act suspended

The League of California Cities asked California Governor Gavin Newsom to suspend open record laws that allow citizens to see how the government spends their money. The league, representing nearly 500 cities, wants to shunt the California Public Records Act requiring public bodies to provide information within 10 days. The league says they do not want to stop filling all records requests but to be granted the flexibility to respond given reduced staffing and closed city offices. (The Washington Post, April 1, 2020, by Juliet Williams of the Associated Press)

FAC has issued an open letter to governments urging them to commit to transparency.