FAC’s Top Sunshine Week Resources

Every week is Sunshine Week at FAC, where we are fighting for government transparency and your right to know all year round. As Sunshine Week comes to a close this year, we wanted to share some of our top resources:

  • Watch: Unlocking Public Records in California, where FAC’s open-government experts focused on educating journalists on using the California Public Records Act to tell important stories. The training offers tips and tricks for overcoming barriers to information.
  • Request a training! FAC offers custom training sessions on the California Public Records Act and other open-government and topics. Write to FAC@firstamendmentcoalition.org.
  • Free Legal Hotline: Anyone can submit a question to our free Legal Hotline staffed by our open-government lawyers. 
  • California Public Records resources: Updated in 2023, FAC’s CPRA primerFAQ, and FAC’s CPRA request template letter feature strategic language that may be useful when submitting requests in California.
  • Uncovering Police misconduct: Our Police Transparency Handbook, also updated in 2023, is dedicated to California’s laws covering public access to  police misconduct and use-of-force records. The guide includes sample request records and a FAQ.
  • For beginners! FAC Advocacy Director Ginny LaRoe gives this 10-minute tutorial on how to file your first request in California.