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A&A: How can I access records regarding college sports’ recruitment?

Q: I’m a newspaper reporter working on a story on a local man charged in a nationally covered rape case, and we have reason to believe he was being recruited by major college sports programs while on trial. I have the name of the schools, which are public institutions, and we want to know the best way of retrieving documents from […]

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A&A: City Records–what does the CPRA say on security, period of retention, availability?

Q: I’m investigating a lax building code and the permitting procedures of my city’s Building Department, for several specific examples. I have examples, where there is ongoing construction and periodic remodeling done, without original permits or follow up ! The remodeling is incremental but , the accumulation, of ad-on, over the years is substantial! The request was sent […]

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A&A: Does the Brown Act allow closed session negotiations for all public school contracts?

Q: Does the Brown Act allow a publicly elected school board to hold closed session discussion under Government Code 54957 (Public Employee Appointment/Employment) and 54957.6 (Labor Negotiations) regarding the appointment and pay structure of a Director of Curriculum to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Both positions are administrative positions that report directly to the […]

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A&A: Police say daily crime logs can’t be released to the public

Q: I have been seeking release of daily crime logs through the Police Department, preferably the day they are issued. The log is maintained by a patrol officer for 24-hour periods between 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. and through CPRA request have successfully obtained past logs electronically in .doc or .pdf format. However, the department Public […]

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A&A: CPRA request won’t be fulfilled unless we show documents we’ve already received

Q:  One of my reporters put in a PRA request with a law enforcement agency. It has asked to see the documents we have obtained so that it can know what key words to search. I don’t think we should do that, but the office is saying we won’t get the documents we need unless we honor […]

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A&A: Animal shelter won’t disclose contact info on local cat trapper

Q: Our local county animal shelter take trapped cats from the public. Sometimes the cats that are trapped belong to others. As a cat rescue, we attempt to identify situations like this, and seek to return them to their owner. In a recent incident, the trapping person refused to give the address where the cat was […]

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A&A: Written public comment not read as promised before City Council vote taken

Q: I submitted a written public comments to an agenda item because I could not attend a Special Meeting of the City Council. The City Clerk acknowledged that they had been received and would be read into the record during public comment time period for the specific item. This did not happen and the vote was taken […]

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A&A: Using the CPRA to access list of alcoholic beverage licensees

Q: As a non-profit primarily focused on educating alcoholic beverage licensees about the dangers of  drinking, we need to know how we can obtain the list of all alcoholic beverage licensees in California so that we can organize and carry out an educational campaign. We are wondering whether you could provide some insight as to whether business email addresses […]

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A&A: Could this act of intimidation be a Brown Act violation?

Q: I attended the board meeting of the Waterworks District. During the meeting an agenda item came up for two job descriptions relating to the person who currently holds those positions. There were comments made by an ex-board member and another member of the public concerning this problem. One board member in particular had a very abrasive response to these comments. […]

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A&A: Covered CA contracts exempt from PRA

Q: I thought it odd that contract negotiations with the CA health care exchange are exempt from PRA. Seems like some shady stuff is going on there. Here’s their legal response: We cannot release the proposal or the scorecards, as they are exempt from disclosure under California Government Code 100508. We can release the final contract, […]

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