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On this page you’ll find contact information, images of the FAC Logo and Executive Director David Snyder, and links to FAC in the news.

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FAC in the News

Q: Our group plus hundreds of teachers, parents, and community activists protested against the secret meeting that the city school board to pick the new yet controversial superintendent. We believe that the closed and secret meeting violated several provisions of the Brown Act and we would like help in understanding [...]
Mon, Dec 10, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: The Municipal Water District had a contract to deliver water, but wanted to modify it. The District's lawyer wrote a letter to the city attorney, attaching a draft civil complaint, asking for a set of changes, threatening to sue otherwise. “Settlement” meetings were in closed session. Now that a [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: Recently I had an erroneous claim filed against me through child protective services alleging child neglect. This was quickly marked as ‘unfounded' and closed. However, the agency will not give me access to either the initial report filed or the filing party's name. The only information they are [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: Our office has several has several Public Records requests out at this time. I have been asked to find out if there is any case law or information in regards to a Duty of Good Faith in a public agency responding to a CPRA. Particularly in the context of [...]
Wed, Dec 05, 2018, Continue reading at the source
“Quick access to court filings is essential for journalists to do their jobs,” said David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. [...]
Tue, Dec 04, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: I went to a city council meeting and a woman was being proposed for city office. I condemned her appointment, saying Martin Luther King Jr. would not have approved. I also condemned the homosexuals in the room. Christianity is often condemned by others with no results, but this time, [...]
Tue, Dec 04, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: I was at lunch at home from work when police officers swarmed my house. They claimed a 911 call came in reporting domestic abuse at my address and a female was screaming. There was no issue at my house, but I would like to know who made this call. [...]
Mon, Dec 03, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: We were peacefully walking by a Scientology event which was held at a hotel in Florida. There were scores of people on the sidewalk. A police officer moonlighting for Scientology told us that they did not want us on the sidewalk (which is public) and that we would have [...]
Fri, Nov 30, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Q: I'm wondering whether my city violated the Brown Act (or other law) when the City Council decided in closed session to issue a statement criticizing the city's mayor and defending an earlier vote. The background is that the mayor had attempted to veto an amended contract for the city [...]
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, Continue reading at the source
...of Barcelona, Spain)The First Amendment Coalition is proud to announce the recipient of its 2018 ... said FAC Executive Director David Snyder. “Its work paid off and is a great example of just how... [...]
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, Continue reading at the source