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Third Party Notification

Third Party Notification Q: Does the custodian of a public record have the right to notify the party that someone is requesting their public record?  I.e., there was a bid for a public entity that is now closed.  I want to obtain a copy of the winning bid, but the custodian is saying that they have to notice all requests to the party that placed the bid.  This doesn’t seem quite right. A: Under Public

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A&A: Animal shelter won’t disclose contact info on local cat trapper

Q: Our local county animal shelter take trapped cats from the public. Sometimes the cats that are trapped belong to others. As a cat rescue, we attempt to identify situations like this, and seek to return them to their owner. In a recent incident, the trapping person refused to give the address where the cat was trapped. We would like to talk to the trapper and see if we can resolve the situation before the cat

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A&A: Are police informant contracts subject to the PRA?

Q: I am a journalist investigating the local County Narcotics task force and their use of confidential informants. I know the task force has their informants sign contracts – I want to file a public records request for full disclosure of said contracts. I know they will likely deny this, but is there any way to fight the denial and get the contract with any/all info that would identify those informants redacted? A: As you seem

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A&A: Public records request run around from housing authority

Q: We requested a copy of a payment performance bond from the city’s Housing Authority for a general contractor that we did work for as a sub. We also requested a copy of the contract and were told we would have to pay for it and it could take 2-3 weeks. We are trying to obtain this information because the general contractor has not paid us and we need this information to try and get

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A&A: How can I access records regarding college sports’ recruitment?

Q: I’m a newspaper reporter working on a story on a local man charged in a nationally covered rape case, and we have reason to believe he was being recruited by major college sports programs while on trial. I have the name of the schools, which are public institutions, and we want to know the best way of retrieving documents from coaches who were in contact with him. A: It sounds like you will want to submit public records requests to

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A&A: UC keeps extending my records request without providing a reason

Q: I have sent the university several PRA Requests in conjunction with my son’s recent death on campus.  The state university responded that they would respond to my request in 10 days. Ten days later I received a letter saying they  they would produce the requested documents on almost a month later.  When the appointed day came, I received no response. I sent an e-mail inquiry, the school responded saying they  they would respond 30

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A&A: On access to government officials’ appointment calendars

QUESTION: I requested calendar appointments of the Superintendent  for my district. He refused saying they were exempt from the Public Records Act pursuant to Govt. Code 6254(a) and (k) and 6255, as they relate to the “deliberative process.” However, I understand that the agency must clearly explain not merely state why the public interest does not favor disclosure. (Times Mirror v. Superior CT.) I responded with codes 6253(a) They’ve also postponed other records past the

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A&A: Is a school caretakers’s security camera subject to CPRA?

Q: In this case, the caretaker has a contract with a local school district to provide security services on the school premises. The security cameras are attached to the caretakers mobile home, which is on school property. Are the camera’s subject to CPRA? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#f5ef4a” color=”#0b0707″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″ desc=”Click Here!” class=”div { font-size:x-small; }”]Did you find what you were looking for? Ask our Legal Hotline for help![/su_button] A: Under the California

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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: Utility District board member access to agenda information

Q: I am a board member at my local Public Utility District. I requested information on an agenda item and did not receive it. I submitted questions for response and was denied. During the meeting I could not get any questions answered. Do have any advice as to what I can do? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#7da1fa” color=”#0b0707″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″ desc=”Click Here!” class=”div { font-size:x-small; }”]Have a Brown Act question? Ask FAC’s free Legal

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Police Transparency Sample Letter Police Recordings

Police transparency Sample Letter | Police Recordings Download Police Transparency Guide Sample Letter | Police Recordings Sample Public Records Act request for audio or video recordings of critical incidents under Assembly Bill 748 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,

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A&A: Denied access to letters of complaint regarding Airbnb rentals

Q: My local Neighborhood Council  put forth a motion in the Urban Design and Preservation Committee to ban short term rentals. Luckily one concerned neighbor caught it and individually contacted 100 Airbnb hosts, 50 of whom showed up at the Council meeting that night.  The Council referenced a complaint letter but wouldn’t show it to us because they said the writer wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. I found out I could request

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Planning Commissions, Confidential Complaints, and the CPRA

Planning Commissions, Confidential Complaints, and the CPRA Q: At a Planning Commission in our city an applicant applied for a variance regarding the height of a fence as a result of a complaint. Prior to the hearing a Planning Commissioner revealed that she was the complainant and was stepping down from the hearing. Another Planning Commioner evidently found out who had made the complaint. This Planning Commissioner has taken it upon herself to have filed

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A&A: Does the PRA apply to community college records

Q: A recent student survey was conducted by my community college’s general emailing service. Can I send a CPRA request form to the community college to receive the results of the survey? A: The Public Records Act (PRA) applies to “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency,” so it should cover the community college.  Govt. Code § 6252(e).  Such

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Accessing Polling Done with Public Funds

Accessing Polling Done with Public Funds Q: A school district uses public funds to conduct a poll regarding public support for a tax measure. The authorities I’ve reviewed find that an “objective” poll is an authorized expenditure of public funds.  It seems clear to me that the entire poll (questions, cross tabs, etc.) are therefore a public record subject to full disclosure under the PRA.  But I’ve not seen any cases or advice letters directly

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A&A: Are school district’s attorney fees public records?

Q: I would like to know if a detail report of legal counsel’s fees charged to the district is a public record.  The attorney has told the district administrator that his invoices are not public records. A: The California Public Records act provides access to any “writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency.”  Govt. Code § 6252(e). When a member of the

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A&A: CPR request denied because it wasn’t submitted on letterhead

Q: My request request for mugshot demographics data was denied by the California Department of Corrections. I sent specific data parameters for this information along with my name address and telephone number and received a telephone call from someone in the state archives denying my request. I was told the request was denied because it was not submitted on letterhead. I explained that I was requesting the information as a private citizen and did not have letterhead. Can

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A&A: Are the officer’s emails exempt from access under the CA Public Records Act?

Q: I am considering filing an open records request under the California Public records act for the internal emails of a police sergeant.I suspect there is information related to misconduct on an issue not related to any open criminal case or crime investigation. Are the officer’s emails exempt under the law, or would the department simply have to black out any information related to open investigations and still give me the records? A: It is always

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A&A: How May I Obtain A Transcript Of Disciplinary Actions Concerning My Son In Prison?

Q: I would like to obtain a copy of my son’s disciplinary action while incarcerated in a California state prison. I have not been able to find anyone in the California Department of Corrections who is responsive to my need. Perhaps there exists some legal requirement for the Dept of Corrections to provide the documentation needed. Can you help? A: Under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), public records – which include “any writing containing information relating to the

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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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