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A&A: Does Excessive Redaction of FOIA Requested Documents Constitute Censorship?

Q: I have received a FOIA response with 50 percent of the content redacted, which constitutes excessive censorship. U.S. General Services Administration is not a DoD agency nor an intelligence agency. Therefore, GSA excessive redaction rendering the received FOIA response illegible and useless. A: As you are aware, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § […]

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A&A: Is A Public Agency Required to Disclose Names of Board Member Applicants?

Q:  We are trying to obtain the names of applicants for board vacancies, not the applications themselves or the information they contain, which seems to be covered by the California First Amendment Coalition v. Superior Court (Wilson) 1998. Voters in November authorized the District to turn operation of the hospital over to a nonprofit corporation, […]

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A&A: No Video Record of Show-of-Hands Votes

Q: We are a very small grassroots committee to save the last low-income affordable housing in our area. Briefly, our local planning board has conducted its meetings without recording them thereby denying basic access to the public. On July 5 with at least 200 in attendance, the Board voted 9-5-1 to send a proposal forward. People […]

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A&A: Are Power Point Presentations to Board of Healthcare District Public Records?

Q: I recently attended a board meeting of the Grossmont Healthcare District. A staff person from the Sharp Grossmont Hospital gave a 15 min. update/report on several topics hospital (e.g., new employee and medical staff satisfaction surveys/results–and patient satisfaction regarding emergency dept. and inpatient services on different floors of hospital. At the end of the hospital […]

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A&A: Decision Reached By County Supervisors Without A Public Meeting

Q:  A group of community members drafted a petition to place on Change.org, requesting an audit of a county department.  After receiving several thousand signatures, the results, broken out by supervisorial district, were sent to each county supervisor. One supervisor replied that these matters have been addressed. “Therefore, neither I nor my colleagues on the Board […]

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A&A: Was My Public Records Request Denial As “Unduly Burdensome” Justified?

Q: I recently submitted a public records request tothe county. My request was denied on two objections: The first was that it wasn’t specific enough. The second reason was this: “The County further objects that your request is unduly burdensome. Responsive documents will likely include records that are exempt from disclosure, such as records that reveal […]

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