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Small market newspapers tapping into online subscription revenue

A study from the University of Missouri shows that 46 percent of newspapers with circulations under 25,00o are charging for online news. The newspapers are using innovative packages to prevent readers from abandoning print subscriptions and to glean another source of revenue. The Columbian (Mo.) Daily  Tribune reported that ad revenues were up 25 percent over last year and that the revenue from online subscriptions was enough to pay the salaries of a few reporters.

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Berkeley considers new sunshine ordinance

The watchdog columnist for the San Jose Mercury News says that the new sunshine ordinance that will go before the voters at a yet-to-be-determined time will improve open government. Alameda is also considering a new ordinance much needed in a city where a well-compensated fire chief was filling up his personal car at city gas pumps. -db San Jose Mercury News Commentary September 26, 2010 By Thomas Peele After nearly a decade of debate, a

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Hard times for Illinois, but not for governor’s staff

Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Illinois, has been raising staff members’ salaries, while cutting back spending costs, the Associated Press reports. -SMD AP News July 7, 2010 By JOHN O’CONNOR SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has handed out raises — some of more than 20 percent — to his staff while proclaiming a message of “shared sacrifice” and planning spending cuts of $1.4 billion because the state is awash in debt. The Democrat has given

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A&A: Closed sessions under the Brown Act

Closed sessions under the Brown Act Q: Members of my school board choose new members as they leave the board. Can this School Board have closed sessions to discuss and decide which new Board member to elect to the Board or do these have to be public discussions? A: If the board of the public charter school is a “legislative body” under the Brown Act, it is subject to the Brown Act and can discuss

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San Jose City College community questions whether Board of Trustees violated state’s open meeting law

Concerned citizens in the City College community questioned whether the San Jose City College Board of Trustees allowed the public a chance to give their input on a salary increase hastily passed in an emergency meeting that some say was not announced 72 hours in advance -db City College Times Commentary May 12, 2010 By Charles Becker An emergency closed meeting held by the Board of Trustees on April 21 to discuss a salary increase

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Freedom of information: California attorney general wants to bury list of convicted state police officers

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two reporters that they illegally possess a list of convicted state law enforcement officers over the last ten years. The reporters obtained the list, in an error says Becerra, in response to public records requests. The reporters are researching the list to ensure accuracy before publication. (The San Jose Mercury News, February 26, 2019, by Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino of the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program) Tim Cushing

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California open government roundup: District attorney exposes Brown Act violation in Garden Grove

The Orange County District Attorney’s office reported that the Garden Grove officials settled a dispute with a former fire chief in closed sessions without reporting the details of the meetings. The chief resigned after the city agreed to create a new job for him with a salary about the same as his salary as chief. (The Orange County Register, February 24, 2016, by Chris Haire) Los Altos officials suspended meetings of their parking committee to

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White House press secretary under fire for politicizing briefings

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, The Washington Post, July 11, 2020, noted that press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spends a lot of time during briefings denying the obvious, contradicting President Donald Trump’s statements and refusing to address issues raised by the president’s tweets, in sum, serving the president’s political agenda. Writes Jonathan Karl, “The White House press secretary serves at the pleasure of a president but is also a public servant whose salary

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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: Direct Costs of Copying

Q: In your CPRA Primer (linked from your web page), it says that agencies may charge for the “direct costs” of copying a document but not for anything else.  Is this in statute somewhere?  I have tried to find it with no success. A: The statute is California Government Code section 6253(b).  A court has held that “direct cost” generally does not include search and retrieval time.  North County Parents Organization v. Dep’t of Education,

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Nonprofits to downsizing law firms: Loan us your laid off junior lawyers; we'll return them when the economy recovers

By Peter Scheer A mind is a terrible thing to waste. So is a highly skilled and expensively trained junior lawyer at a large law firm. That is what law firms across the country must be thinking as they hand out pink slips to very talented, but now underutilized, young lawyers (aka “associates”): over 1,200 in just January and February of 2009 (according to the running tally on lawshucks.com), including 190 associates let go by

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SacBee calls for more transparency in compensation agreements with public employee unions

The Sacramento Bee, in an editorial in today’s paper about Vallejo’s bankrupcy, backs the idea of legislation to shine some light on compensation contracts between municipalities and public employee unions. The editorial cites an article by CFAC’s executive director. Here’s the SacBee editorial: —– Editorial: Let public in on government labor deals Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Peter Scheer, who heads the California First Amendment Coalition, has a novel idea: End the

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First Amendment argument goes down as Supreme Court deadlocks on legality of bargaining fees

A deadlocked 4-4 U.S. Supreme Court left stand a ruling that allowed labor unions to continue to collect dues from government workers who object to paying union bargaining fees. Some workers based their objections on First Amendment grounds arguing that in paying the fees they are coerced into supporting union positions they oppose. (San Jose Mercury News, March 29, 2016, by Howard Mintz with contributions from Sharon Noguchi) Union leaders said the move to eliminate

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NCAA gains supporters in antitrust trial over explotation of athletes’ images

A federal district judge accepted amicus briefs from a media coalition and the First Amendment Coalition in support of the NCAA in their June antitrust trial pitting them against former college athletes claiming that the NCAA is unfairly profiting from their likenesses. The judge also denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss certain arguments. (Courthouse News Service, May 14, 2014, by Nick McCann) With the fight intensifying over whether the First Amendment prevents student athletes from

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Shield law: Senators falter in defining ‘real reporters’

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is proposing a change to the Media Shield Law to exclude bloggers and “shoestring operation[s] with volunteers and writers who are not paid.” (The Global Dispatch, August 11, 2013, by Brandon Jones) But Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that in a new technological era, there are lots of bloggers who don’t earn salaries but “…are people who write and do real journalism, in different ways than we’re used to. They should not

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A&A: Can we compel our non-profit hospital to share financial information with the community?

Q: I have received information that my local non-profit hospital pays too-high salaries to its top administrators, has a serious morale problem among doctors and nurses, and is not transparent to the public which grants its non-profit status. My understanding is board members of the hospital do not receive salary information and a full accounting of the hospital’s operations and finances when they meet periodically. What laws govern non-profit hospitals re: transparency? What can those

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Ferndale: Brown Act dispute muddles appointment of new school district superintendent

A committee formed to recall three Ferndale Unified School District board members argued that the decision made in a closed session meeting to place the school district superintendent on administrative leave was not reported until the next meeting in violation of the Brown Act. -DB The Times-Standard March 27, 2009 By Erin Tracy Amid allegations the Ferndale Unified School District board violated the state’s opening meeting law, a recall committee member reiterated Wednesday her commitment

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