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Electronic Frontier Foundation provides support for bloggers seeking access to government

Stating that “people who do journalism are journalists,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting efforts of government bodies to deny local bloggers, sometimes called “hyperlocals,” the rights and status of other journalists. The EFF’s “Legal Guide for Bloggers” provides information about the right of access to public meetings and records.  -db From a commentary in Street Fight Magazine,  May 29, 2012, by Brian Dengler. Full story  

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California: Journalist arrested for attempting to videotape public meeting on marine life protection

A Fish and Game warden arrested a journalist for videotaping a meeting of a state agency created to protect the ocean from pollution and development.  -db North Coast April 25, 2010 By John Lewallen Independent video journalist David Gurney has a powerful sense of duty: to create a video record of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI), and to speak politely and in turn at public MLPA meetings. David Gurney was forcibly removed by

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San Diego newspaper calls for state atttorney general to investigate secret meetings of Southern California water agencies

The San Diego Union-Tribune is asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to examine the meetings of local water agency officials who have an input into the decisions of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The newspaper is concerned that the self-described “Anti-San Diego Coalition” is meeting illegally to discuss crucial issues including water rates, capital projects and the lawsuit brought by the San Diego County Water Authority’s lawsuit against the MWD for alleged

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Chicago Tribune dealt set back in quest for University of Illinois records

A federal appeals court ruled against the Chicago Tribune in its quest for secure records from the University of Illinois relating to the school’s preferential review process for applicants for admission with connections to influential supporters. The court said the case belonged in state court under state open records laws. -db From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, May 24, 2012, by You-Jin Han. Full story

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American Canyon: Resident looks for legal redress after she was silenced at city council meeting

An American Canyon resident is examining her options after the mayor denied her the right to speak during public comment time at the last city council meeting. The mayor claimed the resident was making personal attacks in criticizing the winners in the last election of “childish behavior” on election night. -db Times-Herald November 30, 2010 By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. — Marianne Young says she’s exploring legal options after being shut down by the

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Southern California: Fontana school board president justifies silencing citizens during public comments

The Fontana Unified School District board president said he stopped citizens from talking during public comment period because according to California Education Code Section 7054, citizens could not discuss district issues at school board meetings to promote ballot measures or political candidates. -db Fontana Herald News August 26, 2010 By Alejandro Cano It has happened at least twice at School Board meetings in the last few months: Fontana Unified School District Board President Gus Hawthorn

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Hughson: Six challengers run in recall election over Brown Act violations

Six Hughson citizens have stepped up to run for seats on the City Council in the August recall election. -db The Turlock Journal June 11, 2010 By Maegan Martens At the end of the candidacy filing period on Thursday, six Hughson residents submitted their applications to fight for a seat on the City Council in the Aug. 24 recall election. There will be two challengers for each of the three Hughson City Council seats on

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