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California appeals court denies access to records of vehicle impoundment

A California appeals court rejected a bid for access to an electronic data base of vehicles private towing companies impounded at the request of the police department. The court ruled that the city’s right to access to the data base did not constitute possession. (Justia, January 22, 2019) A civil rights lawyer filed a public records request with the Los Angeles Police Department for the impoundment records. While the department had access to the database, the data

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A&A: How Do I Determine What Records are Available Before Making CPRA Request?

Q: I just want to know the types of records available for cell phone service providers in the California Lifeline program. I want this information so that I can craft a CPRA request that is as narrow as possible. I emailed the administrator of the California Lifeline program at the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and am awaiting a response. Should I make a CPRA request to get the information I need to create my

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A&A: Can Agency’s Be Required to Choose Least Costly Format for Electronic Record Reproduction?

Q: Are California public bodies required to use the least costly method reasonably available to them for duplicating and (if separate) for transferring records responsive to a CPRA request? Is there case law on that question? Context: I am a frequent requestor of video records from agencies across all levels of government and across the country, under various open records laws. I recently got a Dropbox Business account which allows me to create as many “file

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FAC Helps Defeat Effort by School District to Recover Nearly $500K in Attorneys Fees From Records Requester

A court in Hayward, CA yesterday denied an unprecedented effort by a public school district to recover nearly half a million dollars in attorneys fees from a woman who had requested public records from the district. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Brand ruled that the motion by the Newark Unified School District to recover $449, 317.60 from Elizabeth Brazil must be denied because NUSD’s effort conflicted with the California Public Records Act, which allows

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A&A: Can An Agency Charge Fees for Inspecting Public Records?

Q: I am inquiring whether agencies can charge you to inspect e-mails or get copies of e-mails based on Government Code section 6253.9(b)?  Are they allowed to use rule of cost to construct a record, and the cost of programming and computer services necessary to produce a copy of the record, for the charging of e-mails either to inspect them or get copies of them? A: Yes, fees may be charged for obtaining a copy an

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