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Wikipedia uneasy about alleged child porn on its site

Under criticism, Wikipedia has tried to remove what some call hardcore child pornography from its site amid rumors that their cofounder Jimmy Wales was resigning from his administrative position after being criticized for unilaterally removing some of the controversial content from Wikimedia Commons. -db VentureBeat May 16, 2010 By Paul Boutin [Update: Jimmy Wales tweeted me to say the change to his editorial status is ” A purely technical matter. I am not stepping down or

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CA Sunshine Ordinance: Oakland

Oakland’s Sunshine Ordinance was adopted in 2003. Chapter 2.20 PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC RECORDS Article I In General 2.20.010 Findings and purpose. The Oakland City Council finds and declares: A. A government’s duty is to serve the public and in reaching its decisions to accommodate those who wish to obtain information about or participate in the process. B. Commissions, boards, councils, advisory bodies and other agencies of the city exist to conduct the people’s business.

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Brew session after council meeting fogs up open government

A newspaper editor trying to relax after a tough day runs into most of the Willows City Council and some staff at a local watering hole. The editor suggests that one way out of the perception of Brown Act violations would be for the council to post adequate public notice and order up more pitchers. -DB Sun-Herald March 13, 2009 By Michael S. Green So a week ago Tuesday I’m at The Last Stand in

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A&A: Police deny journalist’s request for suicide report

Q: I’m a freelance journalist, and I’ve got a few question regarding a recent records request I filed asking to view police reports, correspondence, etc., related to a suicide investigation. The case is closed, but the request was denied anyway. The denial letter says that even when a police investigation is closed, the agency doesn’t have to make anything public (though it did provide a small, essentially worthless summary). Is that conclusion correct? Do I

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A&A: Access to City Manager’s compensation denied

Q: I am a  director for the Public Utility District trying to access the General Manager’s compensation information.  Another director asked for W-2s with confidential information blacked out. And was told via email that they do not have to provide them. What information am I entitled to and how to I ask for it? The GM told us that due to client confidentiality the board has to vote to review the billing statements. He only

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A&A: CPRA request on pension investments was denied for the “public good”

Q: I am seeking some clarification regarding the use of Government Code Section 6255(a) by the San Diego County Employees Retirement System and am wondering if there is any case law that shows the use of this law is not being applied correctly. I have included the information below that the plan provided me. “…documents evaluating performance of managers and any documents relating to a manager change before the change is made, are confidential under

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Brown Act Primer: Access to Meetings

RESOURCES Access to Meetings Accessing Public Meetings: The Ralph M. Brown Act FAC Brown Act Primer Download FAC’s Brown Act Primer Table of Contents   California Brown Act Primer I. Introduction Note: This primer was created in 2006 The Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code sections 54950-54963, referred to as the “Brown Act”) is intended to provide public access to meetings of California local government agencies. Its purpose is described in the Act: “The people

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Orange County: Investigation uncovers alleged open government violations by school district

A PublicCEO reporter alleges that the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees has committed serious violations of California’s open government law, the Brown Act. -db PublicCEO Commentary February 2, 2010 By Chris Prevatt One of the most important duties for elected officials to perform is to be open and honest about their actions and to maintain their compliance with the minimal disclosure requirements of the Brown Act. It really isn’t that hard. The

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CA Sunshine Ordinances: Dixon (Initiative Petition for Measure N on Nov. 6, 2012 ballot)

Dixon’s Sunshine Ordinance, Measure N is on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Dixon in Solano County. According to Ballotpedia: Supporters of the initiative say, “This Initiative, if passed, will ensure governmental transparency. This Ordinance will go beyond the minimum requirements of the Brown Act and Public Records Act and will provide more and quicker access to information and greater public access to the workings of Dixon city government. This

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Court battle for filmmaker’s footage spurs national debate [VIDEO]

Joe Berlinger’s fight against big oil giant Chevron Corporation seeking raw documentary footage collected for his film Crude: The Real Price of Oil, has spurred a national debate on the reporter’s privilege. The breadth of the protection given to unpublished newsgathering materials is at stake.  -SMD First Amendment Citizen Media Law Project By Itai Maytal July 7, 2010 On July 14, lawyers for filmmaker Joe Berlinger will go before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New

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62 OPS. Cal. Atty. Gen.150 Can Two Legislative Bodies and Their Counsels Meet in Executive Session to Discuss Litigation Settlement? (1979)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 62 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 150 Opinion No. CV 78-103 April 10, 1979 THE HONORABLE STANLEY M. RODEN DISTRICT ATTORNEY SANTA BARABRA COUNTY THE HONORABLE STANLEY M. RODEN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SANTA BARABRA COUNTY, has requested an opinion on the following questions: 1. Is it a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act for the full legislative bodies of a city and a water district, each accompanied by

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Remembering FAC Founding Father and California Journalism Giant, Frank McCulloch

Frank McCulloch, a giant in California journalism, played an important role in the founding of FAC in 1988. McCulloch was a key editor who helped transition a small Freedom of Information committee, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, into an independent organization of journalists, attorneys and FOI/First Amendment experts  who would be serving the general public and not just newspapers. McCulloch attended the organization meeting and was a strong champion of FAC and its mission throughout

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George Carlin: Rethinking a free speech icon

As a new court ruling overturns the rules on TV cussing, a look back at the comic who helped start the debate Salon.com July 16, 2010 By Matt Zoller Seitz Thirty-two years after the Supreme Court ruled on a free speech case sparked by the George Carlin routine “Filthy Words,” profanity and the First Amendment are in the news again. A ruling handed down this week by the New York-based Second Court of Appeals all

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71 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 96 Brown Act Requires Open Meeting of Air Pollution Control District Board (1988)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 71 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 96 Opinion No. 87-1205 March 24, 1988 THE CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD THE CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD has requested an opinion on the following questions: Does the Ralph M. Brown Act require the deliberations of a hearing board of an air pollution control district, after it has conducted a public hearing on a variance, order of abatement, or permit appeal, to be

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Understanding the Role of the First Amendment in Civil Rights Movements

Q&A with Constitutional Law Scholar Margaret M. Russell Return to the Protest & Pushback main page → The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer spurred what historians call the largest protest movement in U.S. history. Over the course of the next year, a reckoning over racial justice prompted concrete changes in policies and politics, and it changed the conversation surrounding racial justice forever. But Black Lives Matter, like major civil rights and

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The Bagley-Keene Act (text of the law updated 2012)

Government Code Section 11120-1113 (Updated version of the law through 2012) 11120. It is the public policy of this state that public agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and the proceedings of public agencies be conducted openly so that the public may remain informed. In enacting this article the Legislature finds and declares that it is the intent of the law that actions of state agencies be taken openly and

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