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A&A: County Ignores My Requests For Public Records

Q: I have had a long-running battle with the county’s Community Development Agency on them altering Tax Assessor real estate records in order to approve an out-of-proportion large new house construction. CDA rules dictate new houses have to be average to the neighborhood. What CDA did was inflate the neighborhood average size, the part that is taxed, to make their project appear average. It took my California Public Records Act requests to expose some of

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A&A: Required to pay research fee for building permit search

Q: I requested access to a building permit from 1973.  Our building department told me I  had to pay $55 for building research fee to cover ”staff time.” Copies, if asked for, are an additional 25 cents per page, but I guess copying fee of that amount is borderline legitimate. They have been charging this since at least 1995. I personally know at least 25 people who paid that fee over the years. I wonder

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Can I insist on the original record?

Can I insist on the original record? Q: I have for many years inspected and made copies of original documents after recordation at the County Recorder’s Office. This is part of my business. Now the county has cut off my access to these original papers, saying they are not public records. The county is now selling record copies on CD for about $500 per month. Their copies lose much information of interest to me (for

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Copies of Tapes for Public Record Requests

Copies of Tapes for Public Record Requests Q: Re: CPRA request for audio taped record of open meeting: I have submitted a request for copies of tapes made of 3 open Hospital Board meetings, held within 3 weeks of each other. I submitted the request well before 30 days had passed from the first meeting, and before the minutes had been transcribed or approved by the Board (in fact, the minutes have not yet been

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A&A: Denied records of homicide investigation

Q: Two family members were involved in a murder/suicide. On the night of the incident the homicide detective told me I would be able to get copies of the investigation once done. The investigation is done, but I am being told that I have no right to files and that the homicide dept. does not have to disclose their investigation files. I spoke to the district attorney’s office and the local sheriff station. Both said

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Police and Fire Department Records

Police and Fire Department Records Q: To whom it may concern.  I am seeking assistance in obtaining a couple of reports from our City and the fire department.  I had already walked in my request for public information and still have not received any written response.  Today I visited in person the fire department and asked what the status of the info request was.  I was told to go somewhere else to get the one

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A&A: Access to public records denied during business hours

Q: On at least four occasions , I have gone to the Park and Recreation Department to review public records (on site, in the building) during normal business hours and I have been sent away. If at all possible, I would like to file a motion this week to force the department to allow me access to these and other records. A: I am sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time

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A&A: Can I be charged $6000 for staff time needed to find and redact requested records?

Q: My recent request for public records was granted. However, the agency wants to charge me about $6000 to supply the records because of the staff time it will supposedly take to compile them all from the various warehouses in which the paper records are stored. And they want to charge for the time spent reacting the forms. They claim that they are authorized to do this because the Business and Professions Code gives them the power to charge

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A&A: How can copy fees vary from agency to agency?

Q: I submitted a bid to be the janitorial service provider for the county court house.  After the bid was over I asked for the bid results, evaluation results and winning bidders proposal. I received a letter back stating that I had to pay $0.50 per page when I normally pay $0.10 per copy from government agencies. Is this correct? Also, why do most agencies just email it to us at no cost and some

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Sample Letter : Police Records

Police transparency Guide Sample Letter | RecordS Download Police Transparency Guide Sample Letter | SB 1421 Records Sample Public Records Act request seeking information about police conduct accessible under Senate Bill 1421 DateName and title [of the official/agency with custody of the records]Name of AgencyAddress RE: Public Records Act Request Dear ___________, I am requesting access to records in possession or control of the [insert government entity] pursuant to the California Public Records Act, Government

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Time Frame to Respond to Record Requests

Time Frame to Respond to Record Requests Q: I submitted a public records request on July 5th, and I received a reply that 1) said they received my request 2) stated my original request in italics and 3) said “It is our intent to respond to your request to the extent required by law.” And nothing more.  That letter was post-marked on the 11th and I have not received any follow-up information. What should I

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A&A: Can fees be charged for existing electronic/digital records?

Q: The County’s Public Safety Group sent me an invoice in regards to my PRA request for copies of their three existing contracts with Cal Fire. These records already exist in an electronic/ digital format. There is no reason to charge me a fee for them to be delivered to me via email. They just have to be uploaded into the email. No other public agency has charged a fee for an existing document which

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CPRA request response time

CPRA request response time Q: I recently submitted a request for records under the California Public Records Act to a State University. I issued the request in hard format to the University and had the secretary date, stamp it and make a copy for me. I have not heard back from the University. According to the law they are required to notify me within ten business days. I called much later and they had no

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A&A: Double standard on publishing names of document requesters

Q. We have a unique situation here.  A Community Services District has established a policy of publishing the requesters name and what records they are asking for in both the minutes and agenda. This is done to bring public attention on who is requesting records. These individuals are now being harassed for making these requests. Additionally, several other members of the public get copies of documents directly from a director, which is not published…so there

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A&A: Agency missed CPRA request deadline

Q: On August 18, 2010, I submitted a public records request. I received a response stating that they will take 60-90 days to provide the records. In GC 6250 …an extension can only be for 14 days. What do I do now? Who would I contact regarding this non-compliance? A: You are correct that California’s Public Records Act provides that records must be made available for inspection during an agency’s office hours and that copies

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A&A: Can I be charged for agenda-item documents?

Q: I attended a fire board meeting tonight where the preliminary budget was on the agenda. They had the budget in a binder on the table. They claimed that providing the budget in that way met the requirement to have the document “available” to the public. If I wanted my own copy I had to pay 20 cents a page. I told them that they were wrong and that hard copies needed to be provided

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A&A: Agency charging $2k for redacting electronic records

Q: I received a cost breakdown from a California State Agency, which proposes to charge me more than $2,000 to produce what is essentially a list of names. Much of the cost involves redaction. Initially, the cost was presented to me as ”programming costs,” which are allowed for electronic records, but their cost breakdown covers mostly staff time for a massive redaction effort.  Are they abiding by the Public Records Act? A: The Public Records

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A&A: Agency’s proposed fees for producing electronic records–$2,000!

Q: I received a cost breakdown from a California state agency, which proposes to charge me more than $2,000 to produce what is essentially a list of names. Much of the cost involves redaction. Initially, the cost was presented to me as “programming costs,” which are allowed for electronic records, but their cost breakdown covers mostly staff time for a massive redaction effort. Could I  get advice on whether they are abiding by the Public

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What is a Reasonable Fee

What is a Reasonable Fee Q: The County of Riverside Environmental Health Dept. is charging $213 each for providing lists of generators, underground storage tanks, and other public records regarding the storage and use of hazardous materials.  The total charge for the six lists is $1,278.00.  The County Attorney will not waive the fees, stating they were established by the Board of Supvervisors.  What can be done to obtain the records at a reasonable fee?

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A&A: Can An Agency Extend Response to a CPRA Request Up to Eight Weeks Due to Covid?

Q: I received a response to a CPRA request notifying me that I would likely not receive a response for eight weeks. Is this extended window consistent with the PRA? If it is not, what remedies are available to me? [This questions was submitted in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.) A: Although the agency has a right to a 14-day extension of the usual 10-day response period for a California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) request,

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