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Update on open-government legislative proposals in Sacramento

SB 1732 SB 1732, sponsored and campaigned for by Senator Gloria Romero, would overturn the 2006 ruling in Wolf v. City of Fremont that significantly weakened the prohibition against serial meetings. Serial meetings are informal meetings that take place outside of formal public meetings between public official either in person, by proxy or by telephone or email in an attempt to discuss public business without being subject to public scrutiny. Serial meetings are prohibited under

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California open government roundup: Water district to vote again to dispel allegations of Brown Act violations

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will take another vote in July on the Delta water tunnel to meet challenges to their previous vote that came after alleged serial closed-door contacts between MWD directors, the governor and the state Department of Water Resources. FAC issued a demand to cure and correct and cease and desist to MWD May 7. With Food and Water Watch California, FAC alleged MWD’s vote to support the project with

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Remembering FAC Founding Father and California Journalism Giant, Frank McCulloch

Frank McCulloch, a giant in California journalism, played an important role in the founding of FAC in 1988. McCulloch was a key editor who helped transition a small Freedom of Information committee, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, into an independent organization of journalists, attorneys and FOI/First Amendment experts  who would be serving the general public and not just newspapers. McCulloch attended the organization meeting and was a strong champion of FAC and its mission throughout

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Attorney schools California city council on social media and transparency

With the distribution of iPads to National  City, California city council members came advice from the city attorney on how use of the social media could violate state open meeting and public record laws. The attorney advised that given there are few judicial decisions on government and social media, officials should  be circumspect, avoiding serial communications that could comprise meetings and deny public access to information. (The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 28, 2013, by Allison

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CA Sunshine Ordinances: Dixon (Initiative Petition for Measure N on Nov. 6, 2012 ballot)

Dixon’s Sunshine Ordinance, Measure N is on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Dixon in Solano County. According to Ballotpedia: Supporters of the initiative say, “This Initiative, if passed, will ensure governmental transparency. This Ordinance will go beyond the minimum requirements of the Brown Act and Public Records Act and will provide more and quicker access to information and greater public access to the workings of Dixon city government. This

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