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A&A: Can Agency’s Be Required to Choose Least Costly Format for Electronic Record Reproduction?

Q: Are California public bodies required to use the least costly method reasonably available to them for duplicating and (if separate) for transferring records responsive to a CPRA request? Is there case law on that question? Context: I am a frequent requestor of video records from agencies across all levels of government and across the country, …

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A&A: Report Request Denied Citing ‘Attorney Work Product, Official Info and Deliberative Process Privilege’

Q:  I am a reporter working on a story about medical care for in inmates at our county jail. I recently discovered that the county hired an outside consultant (a doctor) to conduct a review of those services. The consultant created a report that the county then used to implement reforms. Naturally, I requested the report …

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A&A: What Are the First Amendment Rights of Elected Officials to Publicly Voice Opinion ?

Q: I am an elected official in the town where I reside. Recently, at the beginning of a Council meeting, after the meeting had been called to order but before any agenda item was undertaken, I made a statement about gun violence and my belief that stricter gun laws are in order. I made clear …

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A&A: Can An Agency Charge CPRA Fees for Staff Time Spent on Request?

Q: I received this response to a CPRA saying the agency wanted to charge for time to fill the request. The request deals with agency emails. Can the agency charge for time sifting through the emails and redacting? “The cost comes into reviewing each message in time, not necessary reproducing either in ‘hard copies’ or soft. …

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A&A: CPRA Request Denied Citing “Invesitgatory Files” Exemption

Q:  I made a CPRA for the Complaint report filed against my mother’s daycare. The allegations were completely false and I have a report from the Dept. of Social Services stating the allegations are false and she has been completely cleared. The PRA Attorney for Dept of Social services has denied my request because of …

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A&A: Can Employment Records & Dismissal Be Presented in City Council Open Session?

Q: Recently a local City Counsel meeting was to be held as an open session to hear non-adopt arguments with regard to a proposed Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) decision to fully reinstate employment of a firefighter. My husband never received notice of the open session (hearing). Also, on the agenda it listed his full name and …

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A&A: Requested Email Failed to Disclose BCC Recipients

Q: I am a school district trustee with concerns about a fellow trustee. The district received a PRA request for an email sent from the board member’s personal email to his school email. It was blind copied (bcc’d) to others. The PRA request asked for the complete email, including recipients. An affidavit, signed by the board …

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A&A: Government Not Providing All Records Requested

Q: I submitted a CPRA and have not disclosed all of the documents from one of the categories I asked for. I requested specific photos of weapons that were found by park rangers and they are only releasing pictures from a portion of the ranger program. They did not disclose that there are additional photos, …

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A&A: Does A Closed Session Employment Termination Decision Violate the Brown Act?

Q: After four years of service as the Library Director of the City’s Public Library, I found out yesterday that I am to be terminated from this position. The decision took place during a special meeting of the Library Board. I was at the meeting, but not invited to attend the closed session. The meeting …

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A&A: Do Volunteers Working with CA Prisoners Have the Right to Publish Stories About The Experience?

Q: What are the rights of a prison volunteer in California who wishes to write about his or her experience of working with prisoners in the realm of education, particularly if the education has an activist component around mass incarceration? California Code of Regulations Title 15, section 3261.1 specifies that the use of “facilities, staff, …

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