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A&A: CPRA request was denied for document discussed in open session

Q: I cover the County Board of Supervisors. During a discussion in open session regarding a legal settlement involving a civil lawsuit against the county filed by a victim of alleged sexual molestation by a county physician, the supervisors discussed corrective action the county would take in response to the lawsuit. However when I asked for […]

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A&A: Attempting to access phone call recordings made from jail

A: I want to request a copy of the recordings or transcripts of phone calls placed by an inmate at the County Jail. Are there cases or laws that I can use in my request to argue for releasing this media? Q: Under the California Public Records Act (“PRA”), public records — which include “any writing containing […]

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A&A: Can Police Chief sit on dias at a Police Commission meeting

Q: My question: The Police Commission has the unfortunate practice of allowing the Chief of Police to sit on the dais with them when they meet. What I’m wondering is, is it legal for him to remain empaneled with them when they go into “closed session” (i.e. secret meeting where members of the public are told to […]

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The Monterey County Weekly's CEO Bradley Zeve, FAC Executive Director Peter Scheer, Staff Writer Mary Rubin, Editor Mary Duan, Publisher Erik Cushman and Attorney Roger Myers, Bryan Cave, LLP, who represented the MCWeekly in unsealing Diocese records.

FAC Free Speech & Open Government Award winners honored at Cal Press Foundation 138th Annual Dinner Banquet

The 2015 recipients of the Free Speech & Open Government Award competition were honored Thursday, December 3 at the California Press Foundation’s 138th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The two winners of this year’s awards used different methods to accomplish their goals ­­one upholding the finest traditions of community journalism and the other demonstrating the effectiveness of […]

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A&A: CPRA request for disclosure of evidence related to School District misconduct case

Q: I am a former public school teacher who was accused of misconduct. I signed a settlement September 2014 in order to resign from the district. Now my case is coming up for review with the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing. I believe materials provided by the School District have been falsified. I submitted a CPRA request […]

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A&A: CPRA request for animal shelter euthanasia log redact staff members names

Q:California animal shelters use sodium pentobarbitol to perform euthanasia on shelter animals by lethal injection. Sodium pentobarbitol is a Class 3 controlled substance, and consequently its use is regulated by state and federal law. Shelters are required to keep a log euthanasia performed in order to keep track of the usage of the controlled drug. […]

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A&A: Does Brown Act allow School District, City to negotiate millions in fees in closed session?

Q: Our Unified School District has negotiated over $30 million in developer fees since 2005 during closed session that should otherwise be discussed in open session. In reviewing the Brown Act, it appears only property negotiations–such as terms and price for the purchase and sale–are subject to closed session. My question is can the school district keep […]

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A&A: Sheriff’s office refuses to release crime report unless I am a victim

Q: I am trying to get a copy of a public police report from 1999. I phoned the County Sheriff’s Records office, and spoke to a woman who would not give me her last name.  I gave her name of the suspect, the date of booking, the case number, the offense code, the charge category, and the […]

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A&A: I’m applying to volunteer for the Sheriff’s Dept. Is that form subject to CPRA requests?

Q: I am considering volunteering for a local sheriff’s department. I was given a 14 page document by the department to fill out with lots of background information questions. Some questions are more personal than others. I have no issue supplying them BUT I am curious if this ‘volunteer information’ form becomes subject to CPRA requests by the […]

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A&A: County said no matches for my CPRA request, but I know docs exist. What now?

Q:  I requested email records sent by people in a supervisor’s office, using keywords and a date range. The response said that no records existed, except I had a message sent to me that fell under the criteria. So I forwarded them a copy of the email message, and asked them to explain how they […]

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