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FAC, SPJ NorCal Release Template for Requesters Facing Delayed Access

FAC and the Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter today published a new tool to help overcome barriers to public information. Some state and local entities in California have stopped responding to requests made under the Public Records Act citing the COVID-19 health emergency. The following is a template that journalists and members of the public can use to generate a response to any entity in California that

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FAC Urges California Courts to Ensure Public Access Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The First Amendment Coalition and 10 other advocacy organizations today called on the California judiciary to recognize and enforce the public’s First Amendment right of access to court proceedings as court operations change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Courts across California are halting proceedings, restricting access to buildings and holding some hearings telephonically, raising concerns that members of the public and the press, who are exempt from the state’s stay-at-home order, will face insurmountable

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Coalition Urges Compliance with California Public Records Law Amid COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some government agencies in California have announced that they intend to stop responding to California Public Records Act requests until the crisis passes. There is no legal basis for this extraordinary step. The California Public Records Act, Gov. Code § 6250, et seq., remains the law of the land, and Article I, section 3(b)(1) of the California Constitution provides that “The people have a right of access to information

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Now Hiring: First Amendment Coalition Legal Fellow

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC), an award-winning, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment and the public’s right to know, is looking for a practicing lawyer or a recent law school graduate to serve for one year as a Legal Fellow, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. We are seeking a highly motivated lawyer with excellent credentials and familiarity with the relevant areas of law.  The Legal Fellow will work

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California cities not honoring public record requests

California cities are suspending or delaying requests for public records as the coronavirus depletes staff. Fresno, San Leandro and Fremont announced new parameters. First Amendment Coalition’s David Snyder said open records is still law and while some delay might be reasonable, it was crucial that local governments comply with the California Public Records Act especially in a crisis when the public needs to know what their elected officials are doing. (Los Angeles Times, March 19,

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