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Tracy, California: Journalists seek access to records in child murder case

The Associated Press, Stockton Record and the Bay Area News Group filed a motion to lift the gag order and unseal court records in the Sandra Cantu murder case. -db Tracy Press May 12, 2010 By TP staff Three news companies today filed a motion to lift the gag order and unseal court records in the Sandra Cantu murder case. The Associated Press, The Record in Stockton, and the Bay Area News Group filed a

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Tracy case tests the power of government officials to avoid disclosure of their emails on public business. Fed up Tracy residents should refuse to pay the officials’ legal fees. By Peter Scheer Those enterprising members of the Tracy City Council have come up with a strategy to hide from public view all their written communications about government business. With a bit of legal legerdemain, they claim to be able to evade state open-government laws, transforming

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A&A: Does a councilmember use of personal email address mean all messages are exempt?

Q: I was wondering if a city councilmember uses his personal email address as his primary source of contact, lists it on a city’s website as his email address, if any communication done on that email address is still exempt from the California Public Records Act? Is any legislation is coming down the line to address that? A: First of all, there is no rule that e-mail communications regarding the public’s business that are sent

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A&A: How does the CPRA deal with emails between elected officials

Q: Can email sent by a California Special District elected official to other directors or the district office concerning district business be subject to examination using the Public Records Act? Would it make a difference if he used his personal computer to send an email to another elected official? A: Under California’s Public Records Act, “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state

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A&A: Access to government officials’ email on personal account

QUESTION: Suppose a public official advises certain persons to communicate with him at home — either by email or letter — in order to avoid having to disclose any of those communications as public records under the California Public Records Act? Would those records, in fact, be exempt from the PRA? ANSWER: I am not aware of any law that would prohibit a public official from using his home address or personal e-mail account to

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A&A: City avoiding disclosure of personal email

Q: A council member has claimed in public meetings and in the press to have received email regarding a particular issue. Our PRA requesting those email have been rejected by the city because they do not have email accounts for council members. However on the city website the link to contact council members is the council member’s personal email account. If the city is listing the personal email as the contact, then shouldn’t email from

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A&A: Access to sheriff’s e-mail and phone records

Q: Our new sheriff is using his personal cell phone and personal e-mail for conducting county business. He rarely uses his county-issued phone or his official county e-mail address to respond to citizens,  instead public inquiries will be answered via his private e-mail. I believe there is some other activity going on as well, including leaking personnel file details about deputies and staff who disagree with him to a guy running a character assassination blog

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A&A: Can I access emails of city employees using personal emails for city business?

Q: Our newspaper made an public records request for ”all emails to and from city employees” regarding a new parking meter system the city is using.  Our intention is to see whether employees have written emails stating that the system is not working properly. In response, the city attorney exempted an unspecified number of emails citing a ’deliberative process’ exemption in CCC 6252(d), 6254(a) and (k) and 6255. He cited cases including Rogers v. Superior

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A&A:Board Conducting Public’s Business Via Private Emails

Q: It became apparent yesterday morning that the Board of Directors of our Community Services District is conducting a significant portion of its business via email.  The emails would have originated from at least six personal private computers. Such email has not been made part of the public record. Under CPRA I have requested copies of all emails between Board members for the past two years. I do not expect to receive them, for a

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California court unseals records in murder of eight-year-old

Weighing the family’s right to privacy to the public’s right to know, a Superior Court judge released most of the records sought by the media pertaining to last year’s murder of an eight-year-old girl. The judge withheld autopsy photos. -db Tracy Press Jun 14, 2010 By Jaclyn Hirsch STOCKTON, Calif.  — Judge Linda Lofthus decided this afternoon to unseal most of the grand jury transcript and most of the evidence that police used to charge

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A&A: Councilmembers texting during meeting a Brown Act violation?

Q: We have noticed a new trend during City Council meetings. We are seeing council and staff texting/emailing to each other while on the dais. This is occurring during the public comment item of the meeting and includes the city attorney. We would like to CPRA these texts but believe they will either claim they are not retained or are privileged. I don’t believe the council should be having a private conversation with the city

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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 denied for documents (specifically email) outside the 30-day window even though that email still exists on city servers and are

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A&A: Mayor up for reelection wants to stifle public comment on candidates

Q: The mayor who is running for reelection is currently advancing a policy revision to stifle the public comments during City Council meetings of anyone who is speaking to a ballot initiative or on a candidate. Recently the mayor discussed the changes she’s proposing in an interview with a local newspaper and mentioned email communication with the city attorney aimed at creating a city policy that disallows speakers on non agenda items from topics of

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Pharmaceutical industry mounts federal court challenge to California drug price transparency law

The pharmaceutical industry is suing California over its new drug price transparency law. It claims the law is unconstitutional and holds the industry solely responsible for escalating drug prices when many others play a significant role in the pricing. (San Jose Mercury News, December 8, 2017, by Tracy Seipel) The drug industry argues in their lawsuit that in requiring drug manufacturers to justify price rises, the law compels speech in violation of the First Amendment.

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Hedge fund buys McClatchy newspaper chain amid worries over fate of journalism

A New Jersey hedge fund submitted the highest bid in the bankruptcy auction for the family-owned McClatchy company, one of the major newspaper companies in the United States. Chatham Asset Management was one of McClatchy’s largest creditors. The chain will now go private with its 30 newspapers intact. Mayors in several cities with McClatchy newspapers had urged a sale to local, civic-minded ownership, but Chatham representatives said they were dedicated to providing robust news coverage

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You’ve Got Sarah’s Mail! And other cool tools from Sunlight Foundation

Following the hit they had with Elana’s Inbox, which made Supreme Court justice Elana Kagan’s email searchable online, the Sunlight Foundation this week introduced Sarah’s Inbox: “Sarah’s Inbox allows users to view the more than 14,000 emails from Sarah Palin’s tenure as Governor of Alaska with familiar sorting functions. You can go page by page starting from the most recent emails or, most importantly, search. To help direct folks to interesting items, try some of

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Journalist presses State Department for answers on Clinton e-mail copies

A freelance journalist is suing the State Department to find out why Hillary Clinton’s lawyer was able to keep copies of her e-mails after they knew that some of the e-mails were classified. Journalist David Brown filed a Freedom of Information Act request in August for all records about the decision to allow the lawyer to retain a drive with 30,000 Clinton e-mails from the time she was Secretary of State. (Politico, September 8, 2015,

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California open government roundup: California legislature sports poor record on transparency

As the sun shines on Sunshine Week, recognizing the importance of open government, the California legislature is still operating partially in the dark. The legislature has exempted itself from the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. A proposition passed by voters required the legislature to publish bills 72 hours before a vote, but legislative records are still not open to the public.  (The Orange County Register, March 12, 2018, by The Editorial Board) A

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California appeals court upholds conviction for fake e-mails

A California appeals court showed little sympathy for a woman who sent fake e-mails to herself in an attempt to influence a court proceeding in a family law dispute. -db Technology & Marketing Law Blog August 08, 2010 By Venkat People v. Heeter, B213696 (Cal. Ct. App.) (Aug. 2, 2010) Background: In a criminal prosecution stemming from false evidence used in a family law dispute, a defendant was convicted of sending fake emails to herself

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CIA admits destroying tapes of abusive interrogations

The Central Intelligence Agency admitted that the agency’s top officials destroyed hundreds of tapes depicting abusive interrogations of suspects. -db The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press April 16,2010 By Miranda Fleschert The Central Intelligence Agency released email messages on Thursday that reveal the former director of the agency approved of — and joked about — the decision made by top officials to destroy hundreds of tapes depicting the abusive interrogation of detainees in

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