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Public employee salaries

Public employee salaries Q: I would like to know the status of public release of public employment salaries. I know about the Oakland case, and Teamsters Local 856 v. Priceless, LLC which seemed to indicate that release of salaries connected with the names of employees is prohibited. How about requests for actual salaries by position and not connected with names. Is a public agency bound by CPRA to release such information? Is the $100,000 and

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A&A: How to I get city to admit to under-reporting employee compensation?

Q: The City withheld pay and benefit information that resulted in under reporting almost all of the City’s employees’ pay, including the Police Chief’s pay by $66,951.83 a year? I have posted the original request, the data provided by the City, and exchanges with the City Attorney’s Office. A: As you may know, the California Supreme Court has held that the names and salaries of individual public employees should generally be public. International Federation of

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Employee Information and the CPRA

Employee Information and the CPRA Q: I am curious about the relation between the CPRA and the release of CA State employees’ exact department, classification, and salary information.  I am not a state worker although I work in a state agency and have two close family members who are state employees.  This week it was brought to our attention that a website (www.youradvocacy.com) hosted a list of every state employee, their dept. and title, and

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Public official salaries and the CPRA

Public official salaries and the CPRA Q: I’d like to find information on executive salaries for public utility organizations (SMUD, LADWP, WAPA and NCPA).  Can you advise me if these are publicly available records and if so, what’s the best way to obtain them might be? A: The California Public Records Act exempts certain information from disclosure on the basis of personal privacy. (Govt. Code s. 6254(c)). Some public agencies have relied on this exemption

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What is the value in publishing public employee salaries and pension? (video – 6:31)

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Government Employee Benefits Records

Government Employee Benefits Records Q: As a part of freedom of information act, government employees [names & amounts posted] receive their salaries and benefits which are sourced from funds that were generated from the tax base (tax-paying public). I want to know names and amounts of financial benefits (social services/housing) that each person in Santa Clara County receives, as those are also sourced from funds that were generated from the tax base (tax-paying public). Please

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Commentary

Celebrate Sunshine Week in California–Hold Public Officials Accountable for Access to Information By Karl Olson Californians declared by an overwhelming vote two years ago that they have a constitutional right of access to “information concerning the conduct of the people’s business,” including both the meetings and the records of the officials who spend public money. But sometimes those same public officials have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into recognizing that constitutional right. Consider these

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A&A: Request for councilmembers salaries not granted

Q: I requested the salaries and health benefits of City Council members. It took one month to receive and I didn’t get what I’d asked for.  I also asked for information regarding the voiding of a parking citation that they would not release. A: The California Supreme Court has held that the names and salaries of individual public employees are generally required to be made public. See International Federation of Processional Engineers v. Superior Court,

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A&A: Using Public Records Act to find a school executives’ salaries

Q: I am a student looking to improve my understanding of executive compensation at my school and other schools in our region. When I contact the other schools, I cannot obtain hard information. The school administrations simply ignore my emails. I can usually get access to salary schedules, which are a framework for determining compensation, but it’s not a hard number,”this person made this much in this year.” What’s the best way to obtain information

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A&A: Can I reqest public staff time cards?

Q: My community has a special water district. There is a manager and a five-person elected board. Would the manager’s time-card be public information? Also, the board has not approved the minutes for months. Is there a time limit to approve minutes from meetings? A: Under the California Public Records Act, public records, including “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or

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A&A: State university won’t disclose student cafeteria workers’ pay

Q: I’m a  journalist at a state university where our student cafeteria came under fire from the administration over a party they’d hosted. A source told me that the student managers of the cafeteria were suspended without pay. I contacted the accounting department to request how much those students were paid per week over the past 2 months. I was referred to my school’s PR person, who said that that information  is not public record. Here’s what she told

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A&A: Are government contractors’ 1099’s disclosable?

Q: I am considering a request for the 1099 form issued by a local agency to their general counsel. They are the worst violators of CPRA I have ever experienced. If I do not cite very specific statute and write the request so carefully that virtually all possibilities of misconstruction are eliminated, I will get a “no such records exist,” which is their default answer until they are challenged and provided “clarification.” A: Any qualifying

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A&A: Accessing public employee timesheets

Q: I am seeking to obtain the time sheets (dates and hours worked) of a particular part-time city administrator. Are  time sheets public records that can be accessed to the extent that only the days worked are being requested, (NOT the days absent, days off, vacation/sick time)? A: Under the PRA, “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless

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A&A: Access to City Manager’s compensation denied

Q: I am a  director for the Public Utility District trying to access the General Manager’s compensation information.  Another director asked for W-2s with confidential information blacked out. And was told via email that they do not have to provide them. What information am I entitled to and how to I ask for it? The GM told us that due to client confidentiality the board has to vote to review the billing statements. He only

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A&A: Is the list of employees taking voluntary buyouts a public document?

Q: I am a reporter covering the public district hospital. I want to know if a list of 74 employees who accepted voluntary buyouts is a public document. I requested this list from the hospital’s PR person, and she said she would provide it only on condition that I promise not to publish the names. I probably won’t use more than a few names (for people I might quote), but if the document is public,

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Court rules CA counties must disclose pension amounts paid to government retirees

Nov 6, 2009—In a case filed by the First Amendment Coalition, the Modesto Bee and the California Newspaper Publishers Association, a California Superior Court has ruled that county governments, upon request, must disclose–by name–their retirees’ pension payments. The Superior Court for Stanislaus County reasoned that the public interest in access to government employees’ pensions outweighs the public interest in protecting the confidentiality of that information. In 2007 the California Supreme Court ruled that government employees’

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Judge says government pension records subject to disclosure

The California Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that names and salaries of government employees are public record but did not specifically mention retirees. A Contra Costa judge has now ruled that that records of county’s pension funds must be disclosed. -DB Metropolitan News-Enterprise July 15, 2009 By Sherrim M. Okamoto A county’s pension records are not exempt from disclosure pursuant to the Public Records Act, a Contra Costa Superior Court judge has ruled in what is

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FAC and Sac Bee, in major court victory, gain access to pension payments, by name, to county retirees

A California appeals court ruled May 11 in favor of FAC and the Sacramento Bee in a case involving public access to information about government pensions. The third district Court of Appeal ruled that the California Public Records Act requires county governments–in this instance, Sacramento–to disclose, by employee name, pension amounts paid to retired county employees. Both the Sacramento Bee and FAC sued the county after being denied the pension information.  San Francisco attorney Karl

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Court orders release of county retirees’ pension payments in case filed by FAC and the Sacramento Bee

In an important legal victory, the Superior Court in Sacramento has ruled that the pension system for county government workers must make public retirees’ names, and their pension benefits, for all retirees receiving $100,000 or more per year. The decision is the result of a lawsuit filed jointly by the First Amendment Coalition and the Sacramento Bee. Here is the court’s written opinion: . From the Sacramento Bee: Judge orders benefit disclosure by Sacramento County

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New online database shows excessive Bay Area public agency salaries

The Bay Area News Group has established an online database of salaries of government employees in counties, cities and districts. The records show that some employees are getting excessively high salaries negotiated when governments had more money. -DB Contra Costa Times August 30, 2009 By Thomas Peele A public health care district in southern Alameda County paid its chief executive $876,831 in 2008 — more than twice as much as any other local government employee

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