Menu

A&A: My Councilmember Has Blocked Me from Posting on Her Official Page

Q: My local council member was involved in a recall against her for beating up her lover and campaign manager, both married, while intoxicated on the side of the highway. I was very active in the recall of this women and she recently started censoring her critics on social media, she actually has me blocked …

Read moreA&A: My Councilmember Has Blocked Me from Posting on Her Official Page

A&A: My Request to Video a CA Parole Hearing Was Denied. What Are My rights?

Q:  I’m a TV news writer/producer seeking to cover with a small TV camera a parole hearing. I made a written request for video access and never got a response. Yesterday I called the Dept. of Corrections press office, and was told that request was turned down — but without a reason or any indication …

Read moreA&A: My Request to Video a CA Parole Hearing Was Denied. What Are My rights?

A&A: University Facebook Group Admin Threatened with Defamation Lawsuit

Q: I am the admin and creator of a Facebook group. Recently I was threatened to be named in a defamation suit for the posts of a member. We are a public group that posts news and opinions on our University, teams, team play, team coaching. We allow posts by members who voice approval or …

Read moreA&A: University Facebook Group Admin Threatened with Defamation Lawsuit

A&A: What Are the Brown Act Rules on a Postponing Public Meeting?

Q: Can the chairperson postpone a planning commission meeting with due cause?  Or can postponement only happen with a vote at the meeting by a quorum? A: The procedure for postponing a regularly scheduled meeting, such as a planning commission meeting, is not addressed in the Brown Act, which is California’s open meeting law. The …

Read moreA&A: What Are the Brown Act Rules on a Postponing Public Meeting?

A&A: As A Public Employee Denied Right to Attend Public Meeting, What Are My Rights?

Q:  My employer—a Business Improvement District—had a regularly scheduled board meeting that per our contract with the City must be open to the public. Thirty minutes before the meeting the executive director sent me home, due to my failure to respond to a text message while on my lunch hour. In the past, myself and other …

Read moreA&A: As A Public Employee Denied Right to Attend Public Meeting, What Are My Rights?

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. …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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