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Non-Response to Requests

Non-Response to Requests Q: I sent a Freedom of Information Act Request to the California Department of Corrections trying to obtain information related to my position there.  It was an information act using the form letter making a state (not federal) request.  The request was sent by certified mail and they did not respond.  What should I do now?  Thank you in advance for your attention to my concerns. A: From the information in your

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Menlo Park mayor resigns after apparent open meeting violation

Menlo Park’s new mayor resigned three days after he appointment, admitting that her private consultations with two other council members about the mayor vote constituted serial meetings in violation of the state’s open meeting law. -db San Jose Mercury News December 12, 2010 By Bonnie Eslinger Three days after being appointed mayor of Menlo Park, Kelly Fergusson resigned from her post Friday in the fallout from apparently having violated the state’s open government law. Fergusson

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Developments on Public Lands

Developments on Public Lands Q: A developer is building or redeveloping 32 (of 36 buildings) towering buildings (8 to 14 stories tall each) in our town without adding streets, freeways or adequate city services. This is against our MASTER PLAN.  Buildings include private residence towers (for people from outside the town) on the last of our public land, now zoned for education. No one knows about this, residents are not being given public records when

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The Brown Act (text of the law updated 2013)

Resources Access to Meetings Text of The Ralph M. Brown Act Government Code Section 54950-54963   (Updated 2013) Visit the California Legislature website for the most current text. Access here. 54950. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be

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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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A&A: School Board Voted In Secret to Pick New Superintendent

Q: Our group plus hundreds of teachers, parents, and community activists protested against the secret meeting that the city school board to pick the new yet controversial superintendent. We believe that the closed and secret meeting violated several provisions of the Brown Act and we would like help in understanding how the Brown Act applies and in finding an attorney. A: I am sorry to hear about the lack of transparency associated with the hiring

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A&A: Does Brown Act allow School District, City to negotiate millions in fees in closed session?

Q: Our Unified School District has negotiated over $30 million in developer fees since 2005 during closed session that should otherwise be discussed in open session. In reviewing the Brown Act, it appears only property negotiations–such as terms and price for the purchase and sale–are subject to closed session. My question is can the school district keep negotiation of developer fees with a third party home/commercial developer secret behind closed session when such fees are derived on

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A&A: How do I appeal the denial of a CPRA request?

Q: While traveling in California, I had property stolen out of my hotel room and I filed a police report.  When I returned home, I made a public records request to the PD for a copy of the report.  My request was denied.  I am wondering who do I write to so I can appeal the denial? Is there a way to file the request pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? I’m

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A&A: Closed meeting and the Brown Act

Closed meeting and the Brown Act Q: I’m thinking about writing a letter of cure/correction regarding a pattern of what appear to be Brown Act Violations. The district acted to correct the June 19 violation. According to a story we published previewing a meeting this past Tuesday, July 3: “After closed session on Tuesday, the board is scheduled to convene in open session to vote on ‘Amendment #11’ to the chief’s contract, according to the

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A&A: Discussion of Employee Termination in Closed Session

Discussion of Employee Termination in Closed Session Q: In 2007, the City held its last budget study session and on the closed session my job, as Director of Finance, title or position was never put on for discussion, nor was my job title put on for closed session since I started with the City. The next morning the mayor and the City manager were waiting for me to terminate my employment with the City. The

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A&A: Police say daily crime logs can’t be released to the public

Q: I have been seeking release of daily crime logs through the Police Department, preferably the day they are issued. The log is maintained by a patrol officer for 24-hour periods between 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. and through CPRA request have successfully obtained past logs electronically in .doc or .pdf format. However, the department Public Information Officer (PIO )has refused to provide the daily log when requested claiming they need to be double-checked for accuracy

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The Threat to Free Speech is Real. But It Isn’t Coming From Where You Might Think.

BY DAVID SNYDER–Critics of Donald Trump don’t have far to look for evidence that he is hostile to free speech and a free press. Trump has called for criminal prosecution of those who burn the American flag, has declared a “running war” with the media, and routinely derides the press as uniformly “dishonest” and “disgusting.”   But the most alarming immediate threats to free speech in this new era aren’t coming directly from Trump.  

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SF Unified School District Records

SF Unified School District Records Q: Can you please direct me to the correct California Public Records Act form I need to use to obtain records from the San Francisco Unified School District?Do I also need to submit a US FOIA request as well or is a CPRA request sufficient? Are there applicable administrative remedies that need to be exhausted, ie, the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance laws, before I can file a CPRA request? A:

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Accessing police reports

Accessing police reports Q: I have been refused a copy of a police report. It is a complaint filed against myself. I have the complaint number. I filed a request with the police along with a check for the correct amount. I received a response back saying I wasn’t allowed to have a copy with NO explanation why. A: If you submit a written request under the Public Records Act for a copy of the

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Local School District Records

Local School District Records Q: Can you please direct me to the correct California Public Records Act form I need to use to obtain records from a School District? Do I also need to submit a US FOIA request as well or is a CPRA request sufficient? Are there applicable administrative remedies that need to be exhausted, ie, the specific Sunshine Ordinance laws, before I can file a CPRA request? A: Since you are seeking

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A&A: Agenda items failed to mention a parcel tax as part of ballot measure

Q: I would like an opinion on whether circumstances surrounding the County Board of Supervisors’ placement of Measure A1 on the Nov ballot in Alameda County violated the Brown Act. a. The measure was first discussed at a special retreat on May 8. The Agenda (see url below) includes no mention of the Oakland Zoo or any parcel tax measure b. The Minutes of that meeting (url below) include no mention of the Oakland Zoo

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A&A: Using CPRA to learn rules governing Resort Improvement District #1

Q: A large part of my community is being harassed by a local agency known as a Resort Improvement District #1. By law they are supposed to maintain the power lines, water and sewers. They do a lot more than that though. They want to be the police here and field and investigate complaints. They have humiliated me and others at board meetings as they discuss who their victims will be. They have called the

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A&A: What’s meant by “electronic form” documents under the CPRA?

Q: I requested a copy of the CA Jobs Bill Fund Report from my local school district. I received an oversimplified copy of the report so I asked for the website address for the complete report. I was told the website was password protected and therefore I was not granted access.  Would a document with restricted access be considered an “electronic form” if they printed it from a website that I cannot access and it

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Southern California: Chino school board strives to get in sync with open meeting requirements

The Chino Valley Unified School Board is meeting this week to remedy alleged violations of California’s Brown Act, according to one open government advocate, failing to place on agendas anticipated lawsuits discussed in closed sessions. -db San Jose Mercury News November 1, 2010 By Neil Nisperos CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified School District this week is expected to address an apparent Brown Act violation. Richard McKee, the vice president for Open Government Compliance, said

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