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A&A: Seeking Information On Probation Compliance Of Parolee Who Committed Murder

Q: I am working on a story about a man who was released from the local jail on probation and a month later is the suspect in a murder-suicide. I have obtained a copy of his pre-sentencing probation report, which labels him as a high risk to reoffend and notes that post-release monitoring would be important. …

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A&A: School Board Voted In Secret to Pick New Superintendent

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 how the Brown Act applies …

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A&A: Is A Letter From A Water District Lawyer A City Attorney Public?

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 new contract has been agreed …

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A&A: Obtaining HHS/Child Protective Services Records Via CPRA

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 giving me access to is to request …

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A&A: Is There A ‘Duty of Good Faith’ For Agencies Timely Response to CPRA Requests?

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 a genuine public need for the …

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A&A: Stripped of First Amendment Rights By City Council

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, the Mayor interrupted me and …

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A&A: Want Info on 911 Call that Prompted Police to Swarm My House Where No Crime Occurred

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. Was it a case of a …

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A&A: First Amendment Rights Violated by Restricting Access on Public Sidewalk

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 to leave (we have a video …

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A&A: Did City Violate Brown Act With This Switch of issue Decided During Closed Session?

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 manager, which the city attorney says …

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A&A: How Do I Determine What Records are Available Before Making CPRA Request?

Q: I just want to know the types of records available for cell phone service providers in the California Lifeline program. I want this information so that I can craft a CPRA request that is as narrow as possible. I emailed the administrator of the California Lifeline program at the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) …

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