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California: Sonoma County pension board agrees to release pension data

After a state appellate court ruled that the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association could not refuse the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s requests under California Public Records Act for pension figures for county government retirees, the pension fund board acceded to the requests. In withholding the information, the pension fund board was complying with a 1937 law which stated that the records were confidential and not for release to the public. -db From the Santa Rosa

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California appeals court reinstates whistleblower suit against San Diego State

In a case involving a San Diego State strength coach’s whistleblower testimony about the head football coach, the appeals court held that an allegation based on hearsay was made in good faith and revived the coach’s suit against the university. -DB Metropolitan News January 13, 2010 By Kenneth Ofgang The Fourth District Court of Appeal yesterday revived a whistleblower suit by a former strength coach for the San Diego State University football team, who claims

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Free speech: San Diego firefighters win partial ruling over forced participation in gay parade

A California appeals court ruled that San Diego firefighter did not lose state free speech rights but suffered a hostile and abusive work environment in enduring harassment during a gay rights parade they were forced to participate in. -db Metropolitan News-Enterprise October 15, 2010 By Steven M. Ellis The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that four San Diego firefighters were sexually harassed while participating against their will in the city’s 2007 Pride Parade,

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FAC Sues San Diego District Attorney’s Office for Sexual Harassment, Misconduct Records

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) today filed suit against the county of San Diego to force the disclosure of records relating to allegations of sexual misconduct against its District Attorney’s Office. (You can read the filed petition below.) The office has refused to release the records, which clearly must be disclosed under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and are of significant public concern. To date, the District Attorney has admitted to having records relating to

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FAC sues San Diego PD for records on controversial cell phone surveillance technology

The First Amendment Coalition today filed suit against the San Diego Police Department to obtain information about the SDPD’s purchase and use of surveillance equipment that can identify and track all cell phones in a specific location, such as a building, neighborhood or street intersection. “We believe the SDPD has an obligation to tell San Diego citizens that it is using this invasive technology and to describe the steps it is taking, if any, to

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San Diego protester arrested for chalking sidewalk

A San Diego man faces jail time after using chalk to write slogans on a city sidewalk including “No thanks big banks” and “Shame on Bank of America.” (Reuters, June 27, 2013) San Diego mayor criticized the city attorney for prosecuting the man saying that the chalk could be removed and that it was a political protest. The city attorney demurred stating it was a clear case of graffiti vandalism. (Los Angeles Times, June 29,

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Public agency pensions: Editorial reaffirms public’s right-to-know

An editorial in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat calls for the Sonoma County employee association to release information on pensioners receiving over $100,000 a year. In a recent case in Sacramento County, a judge ruled that under California’s Brown Act Sacramento County could not keep pension information from the public. -db Pubilc agency pensions: Editorial reaffirms public’s right-to-know Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial July 23, 2010 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100723/OPINION/100729808/1043/opinion?Title=PD-Editorial-Right-to-know “The people of this state do not yield

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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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UC San Diego shuts down satirical newspaper

A federal judge found no compelling First Amendment justification for supporting a lawsuit by The Koala, a satirical newspaper, against the administration at UC San Diego. The student council yanked the funding for the newspaper after articles that led the administration to call the publication “profoundly repugnant, repulsive, attacking and cruel.” The judge ruled that the court had no jurisdiction under the 11th Amendment that prevents lawsuits against states by private citizens to be heard

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San Diego lawyer challenges inewsource over allegations

The Law firm of  San Diego environmental attorney Cory Briggs subpoenaed inewsource’s Lorie Hearn seeking information on a story about a conflict-of -interest investigation of Briggs. Last week a non-profit associated with Briggs filed a lawsuits against Hearn and inewsource over the lease for office space inewsource has with San Diego State. (inewsource, Alpril 14, 2015, by Brad Racino) Hearn thinks the legal actions are in retaliation over inewsource investigations of alleged conflict of interest

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San Diego rapper faces prison term for song lyrics

Rapper “Tiny Doo” Duncan has been indicted for his rap lyrics under a California law making it illegal to benefit from gang activities. Prosecutors claim the San Diego rapper’s lyrics correlated with gang actions, particularly a number of shootings in San Diego in 2013.   (CNN, January 23, 2015, by Emma Lacey-Bpordeaux) David Loy of the ACLU of San Diego said that Duncan should never have had to spent eight months in jail on gang

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Satirical student newspaper prevails in censorship dispute with UC San Diego

A settlement between plaintiffs and the UC San Diego and a student satirical publication was notable for gaining protection for student journalists against financial censorship. After objecting to an article in the Koala, a satirical newspaper, the student government withdrew funding for every student media outlet. (Student Press Law Center, September 18, 2020, by Ginny Bixby and Joe Severino) The university will pay $162,500 as part of the settlement in the case brought by the

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California appeals court finds county pensions are public

A California appeals court ruled that the pension records of retired county employees are public upholding a lower court ruling that supported government accountability. The appeals court said the lower court was correct in finding that the  public’s interest in the records outweighed the privacy of retirees. The association representing the retirees argued that disclosure would harm retirees, but the court said the association presented no creditable evidence of harm. -db From The Reporters Committee

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Free speech concerns force San Diego to retrench on tobacco regulation

San Diego dropped its ban on tobacco ads within 1,000 feet of schools, libraries, arcades, rec centers and child care facilities. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets alerted the city to a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court allowing truthful commercial speech promoting legal products. The city is retaining its restrictions on the sale of tobacco at beaches, parks, airports, sidewalk cafes and sports facilities. (The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 21, 2015, by David Garrick) San Diego

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California: San Diego County Supervisors declare Brown Act dead

After stating that they would follow the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law,  even though the state withdrew funding for the act, San Diego County Supervisors reversed themselves by declaring the act dead in refusing to comply with it, writes Miriam Raftery in the East County Magazine. An open government group had challenged the Supervisors over their action without public notice to name a replacement for the county’s chief administrative officer. -db From a

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Lawsuit claims intimidation of reporter by San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

A Connecticut news service is suing the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for arresting and prosecuting their photojournalist who filmed deputies beating a man. The news service claims the Sheriff’s Department was trying intimidate the photojournalist to prevent him from testifying at the man’s trial. -db From the Courthouse News Service, August 13, 2012, by Chris Coughlin. Full story      

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San Diego health care district accused of open meeting violation

The Tri-City Healthcare District board has been accused of violating the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, by holding a closed door session on strategic directions for the district before convening again in closed session to evaluate the performance of their CEO. Critics said the session on setting strategic directions should have been on an agenda and open to the public. An attorney for the district said the board could evaluate personnel on goals and

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San Diego schools admits to error in alerting media of two meetings

After a prompting from a reporter, the San Diego Unified School District acknowledged that they had to post and notify the media of all meetings 24 hours in advance. The Board of Trustees had posted notices for two meetings properly but failed to give the media adequate notice. -db San Diego News Network Opinion June 3, 2010 By Marsha Sutton The first notice received on Wed. at 3:57 p.m. notified the media of a special

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A&A: CPRA request on pension investments was denied for the “public good”

Q: I am seeking some clarification regarding the use of Government Code Section 6255(a) by the San Diego County Employees Retirement System and am wondering if there is any case law that shows the use of this law is not being applied correctly. I have included the information below that the plan provided me. “…documents evaluating performance of managers and any documents relating to a manager change before the change is made, are confidential under

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