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A&A: Are law enforcement officers exempt from having their court proceedings made public?

Q: My question is regarding Superior Court records. Are law enforcement officers exempt from having their information of court proceedings (non-criminal) available to the public? A: Court records are subject to the First Amendment right of access, and can generally only be withheld from the public if a very high standard is met:  “Under the first […]

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A&A: Ok for court reporter to transcribe mayor’s speech at private-sector event?

Q: The Mayor is speaking at a Municipal League meeting tonight. A resident wants to bring a court reporter so that all of the remarks of the Mayor and others on any topic may be transcribed. Is this allowed by the First Amendment or otherwise? A: It sounds like a private nonprofit is sponsoring a […]

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A&A: Can I be charged for postage for CPRA requested documents?

Q: I made a PRA request and received a reply from the County Clerk asking for postage (I ask to have the documents e-mailed). Looking online, state agencies presumably charge for postage. I have made requests from other state agencies but I don’t think they have charged me postage for items sent. I know local government folks state […]

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A&A: CA Medical Board non-responsive to PRA request

Q: I am a volunteer patient safety advocate in California. I have been trying to get a series of document from the Medical Board of California (and their parent the Department of Consumer Affairs) through public records requests. I think I’ve only received one document, and it wasn’t the document I requested, and the document […]

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A&A: Is a school caretakers’s security camera subject to CPRA?

Q: In this case, the caretaker has a contract with a local school district to provide security services on the school premises. The security cameras are attached to the caretakers mobile home, which is on school property. Are the camera’s subject to CPRA? A: Under the California Public Records Act (“PRA”), public records —which include “any […]

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A&A: Board member shared confidential information after closed session

Q: I am an Associate Director at my charter school. I was recently informed by my Board that my contract will not be renewed for the next school year. This is an amicable separation and I am finishing out the school year. However, within a week of this decision, made and executed during a closed session, […]

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A&A: Brown Act violations in closed session real-property negotiations

Q: The City Council on held a real property negotiation in closed session without meeting the requirement to disclose the party being negotiated with. This has occurred three times before, and was recorded by me on June 1. I want to delay the sale of the properties being negotiated. I need to know how to use […]

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A&A: PRA request denied for correspondence related to reports

A: Three reports were recently accepted by City staff and posted on the City website. Reports were identified as independent analyses of effects of proposed commercial sports facilities. My request for written correspondence between City staff and companies that prepared reports was denied. Will you be able to advise me as to how to proceed further to […]

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A&A: Strategic question regarding a large PRA request

Q: My non-profit organization intends to request a large number of public records from the California Department of Health Care Services. At this point, our questions are strategic. For example: are we likely to make more progress with a reluctant government agency by a series of requests, none of which is, in itself, unduly burdensome? Or are we […]

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A&A: Agency terminates audio recording of meetings without notice

Q: A local agency just reformed and it started to audio record it meetings and make them available to the public. I obtain one for a missed meeting. Then skipped a meeting, relying on the availability of the recording, only to be told afterwards, that the staff person did not record the meeting on direction […]

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