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A&A: What rules must public meetings follow regarding agendas and notice?

Q:  I chair the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the Water District Board. A member of the public attends and harasses the Board accusing them of not following precisely Robert’s Rules of Order at District noticed and agendized Board meetings. Is he correct? A:  As you probably know, in California the Brown Act governs meetings of “legislative […]

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A&A: Can the Deliberative Process Privilege be used to avoid answering a deposition?

Q:  Is there any new case law on deliberative process privilege? I read on the website that in 2008 the CA court of appeals ruled Prop. 59 didn’t eliminate the deliberative process privilege. So, is the fact that the right to know is a constitutional right a dead argument? Can the privilege be claimed to […]

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A&A: What portion of personnel files are exempt from CPRA disclosure?

Q: Exactly what portion of personnel files are exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act? Specifically, I am trying to find out whether our child’s public school teacher — who was a probationary employee  resigned;  was terminated for cause, or  was “non-reelected” (no reason required per union contract). Our School District maintains that […]

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FAC Joins Amicus on Hassell v. Bird

FAC Joins Brief Urging California Supreme Court to Hold That Internet Content Providers Have a Right Under the First Amendment to Defend Speech on Their Websites

FAC recently joined an amicus brief urging the California Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s conclusion that Yelp could be required to remove content from its website — even though Yelp never had notice and an opportunity to challenge such an order. The ruling contradicts fundamental First Amendment principles, including the notion that publishers […]

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FAC Supports CA AB 1479

California Assembly Bill 1479 Would Add Much-Needed Teeth to Disclosure Requirements Under the California Public Records Act

One of the most frequent complaints FAC hears from people seeking records under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) is that government agencies simply ignore the law’s requirement that the government respond to a request within a certain time frame.  One reason government agencies do this is that there is very little cost to doing […]

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Help FAC reach the Logan Foundation $110K Match!

FAC receives $100K Matching Grant from Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation has committed a $100,000 matching grant to launch FAC’s 2017 annual fundraising campaign and to inspire more supporters to join our cause. Because the Logan grant is a matching grant, FAC faces a real challenge — we need to raise an additional $100,000 to earn the match. So, we’re turning […]

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700 x 282 Fake News

RSVP today for FAC & KPCC’s Forum: Fake News and the First Amendment: How to tell fact from fiction

Join FAC’ s Executive Director David Snyder and KPCC – Southern California Public Radio host Alex Cohen for a discussion of the potential impacts of fake news on the First Amendment–How can individuals and news organizations stop the spread of misinformation? And what tools are being developed to help people identify fake news for themselves?–with […]

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A&A: Denied info on police officer’s status after arrest on animal cruelty charge

Q: I asked the Police Department if a police officer was on administrative leave after being arrested for felony animal cruelty. They said he was still an employee, but wouldn’t say if he was on leave or not. Are they allowed to do that? A: It is unfortunate that the police department will not answer your […]

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A&A: Does the CPRA consider an email database public and disclosable?

Q:  As a Business Improvement District, we are an agency of our local gov’t and subject to PRAs. I have submitted countless reports, minutes/agendas, financials and even a record of one full year of emails. Now I have been asked to submit the email database I have developed for communicating with my business members. I am […]

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A&A: My job has been threatened if I divulge details of closed-door meetings

Q: The state university where I worked has held confidential meetings of a management committee for a program operated under an agreement with the county. There was never an agenda, minutes, notices of meetings or officers. For the past four years. They threatened to fire me if anything at these meetings was divulged, and now they have […]

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