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A&A: Toll Road Agency Says There is No 14-day Requirement for Responding to CPRA Requests

Q: The Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) that manages toll roads has sent me an email saying that there is no 14-day requirement for responding to a California Public Records Act request.  Also, if a legal matter was brought is it customary for the government agency to pay for attorney’s fees? A: With respect to your first question, the California Public Records Act (CPRA) sets deadlines for agencies to respond to records requests. Agencies are required

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Sample CPRA request letter

resources ACCESS TO RECORDS Sample CPRA Request Letter Menu | Access to Records Download CPRA Sample Letter Date Name and Title [of the official with custody of the records] Name of Agency Address RE: Public Records Act Request  Dear, I am requesting access to records in possession or control of the [insert government entity] for the purposes of inspection and copying pursuant to the California Public Records Act, California Government Code § 6250 et seq.

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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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A&A: Accessing university’s decision making on promotions and tenure

Q:  I’m working on a book on the discovery of AIDS. The discoverer was denied support for his promotion and tenure by his department’s promotion and tenure committee. I wish to obtain all documents related to this decision. Two questions: 1. Can I obtain them using FOIA? 2. Do I address the FOIA to the University’s department of medicine? the Regents of the CA university system? Or whom? Thanks. How long should I wait for a

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A&A: Attempting to access phone call recordings made from jail

A: I want to request a copy of the recordings or transcripts of phone calls placed by an inmate at the County Jail. Are there cases or laws that I can use in my request to argue for releasing this media? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#23a0f3″ color=”#111010″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″ desc=”Click Here!” class=”div { font-size:x-small; }”]Denied public records? Ask FAC’s free Legal Hotline for help![/su_button] Q: Under the California Public Records Act (“PRA”), public records —

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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: City’s Update Letters Not Shared With Public Until A Week After Release to Staff & Council

Q: For the past couple of years, the city manager sends a weekly update letter to the council & other staff. The letter goes out on Thursday each week. I have requested to receive this letter on the same date as the staff and council receive it, but they purposely wait seven days to send it to me saying that it is under the 10-day rule. I have sent them the section of California law where if

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A&A: School District Delays CPRA Response Beyond the Hearing Date For Which Documents Are Needed

Q: I filed a public record request with three school districts. The documents requested would provide additional information and insight to aid a special education student with whom the districts are currently engaged in due-process hearings. I received an initial reply extending their reply for 15 days. In an effort of good faith, I did not protest the extension. Now I have received a second response, again extending their deadline for another month, past the

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A&A: State Public Health Department Withholding Public Inspection Records

Q: I called and reported a radiation exam concern last year to my state’s public health department. After months of trying to obtain the results of the inspection report, I was told I had to submit my request online which I then did. The report lacked specificity and appeared to be lacking all of the information. I then requested public records for a period of 5 years on the machine used. I received a statement stating

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A&A: County Ignores My Requests For Public Records

Q: I have had a long-running battle with the county’s Community Development Agency on them altering Tax Assessor real estate records in order to approve an out-of-proportion large new house construction. CDA rules dictate new houses have to be average to the neighborhood. What CDA did was inflate the neighborhood average size, the part that is taxed, to make their project appear average. It took my California Public Records Act requests to expose some of

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Minutes deadline

Minutes deadline Q: Does a City have a timeframe within which it must provide a record (minutes) of Council Meetings?  I am having difficulty in obtaining (being allowed to inspect) minutes from 3 months ago? The city indicates they are not “ready.” A: The minutes of an open meeting subject to the Brown Act, which applies to the meetings of legislative bodies of local agencies, are public records and therefore subject to inspection by the

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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: CPRA ten-day deadline for request responses: Is that business days or calendar days?

Q: Regarding the CPRA’s mandate that an agency must respond to a request within 10 days , FAC and other groups claim this means calendar days, not working days. Is there some compelling basis for this belief? A:  Unless a statute containing a time limitation specifies that “days” means court days or business days, the default is to calculate using calendar days.  If a particular deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is typically moved up to the

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Recourse for ignored CPRA requests

Recourse for ignored CPRA requests Q: I’ve put in a Public Record request two months ago-and no response. I wrote again to them a month ago-no response. What’s my next step? A: The Public Records Act requires the public agency to respond in writing to your written request within 10 days.  (Cal. Government Code Secs. 6253 and 6255.)  It would appear that the agency did not comply with this requirement in this case.  We would

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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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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: How Do I Determine If The Documents I Need Are Accessible By Making A CPRA Request?

Q: I’m researching uses of force with the LA County Probation Department at juvenile halls and had questions about what kind of information is public vs. private.  A: Making a request for records under California’s Public Records Act would be a natural starting point in your search.  Under California’s Public Records Act, “‘[p]ublic records’ includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or

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A&A: Accessing public employee timesheets

Q: I am seeking to obtain the time sheets (dates and hours worked) of a particular part-time city administrator. Are  time sheets public records that can be accessed to the extent that only the days worked are being requested, (NOT the days absent, days off, vacation/sick time)? A: Under the PRA, “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless

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Non-response to CPRA requests

Non-response to CPRA requests Q: I sent a public records act request to the City Clerk of my City and I have not received a call or response to my request.  I am sending a second letter and attaching the first letter, but what can I do next if the city does not respond? A: As you probably know, under Government Code section 6253(c), public agencies are supposed to respond to requests for public records

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