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Labor negotiations and the Brown Act

Labor negotiations and the Brown Act Q: Our public school board evaluated the principal and voted to give him a raise, in a closed session, which I understand is legal since the evaluation is confidential. Should the vote on the bonus remain secret? I asked to know the breakdown of which board members voted which way on the bonus. Is that information protected against public disclosure? I did not ask the amount of the bonus,

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City allowed to send mailer listing cutbacks should voters approve tax ballot measure

The City of Salinas did not violate any campaign laws in listing projects and services that could be terminated or curtailed if a tax-cutting ballot measure is approved, the California Supreme Court ruled.–DB Metropolitan News-Enterprise April 21, 2009 By Kenneth Ofgang A public entity does not engage in illegal campaign activity by disseminating a list of projects and services that will be curtailed or eliminated if a tax-cutting ballot measure is approved, the California Supreme

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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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A&A: Using the CPRA to access list of alcoholic beverage licensees

Q: As a non-profit primarily focused on educating alcoholic beverage licensees about the dangers of drinking, we need to know how we can obtain the list of all alcoholic beverage licensees in California so that we can organize and carry out an educational campaign. We are wondering whether you could provide some insight as to whether business email addresses which are provided to the ABC-California by alcoholic beverage license applicants are subject to disclosure under the provisions of

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61 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 220 Brown Act Governs Police Board (1978)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 61 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 220 Opinion No. CV 77-195 May 4, 1978 THE HONORABLE HOWARD L. BERMAN ASSEMBLYMAN FOR THE 43RD DISTRICT THE HONORABLE HOWARD L. BERMAN, ASSEMBLYMAN, FOR THE 43RD DISTRICT, has requested the opinion of this office on the following questions concerning a board of police commissioners established by charter in a chartered city which has the power and duty to control and manage

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Bay Citizen a success at raising funds for nonprofit journalism

A major San Francisco Bay Area’s foray into nonprofit journalism is going well with The Bay Citizen using a complex business plan supporting a commitment to produce high quality news content that attracts a wide audience. -db Neiman Journalism Lab January 19, 2011 By Lois Beckett Seven months into its bid to reinvent the metro newspaper, The Bay Citizen, the San Francisco-based nonprofit news site, has so far raised a total of $14.5 million in

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Self-evident truths

On Independence Day 2008, words to remember from Independence Day 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” The full text: When in the Course of

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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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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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CPRA Primer: Access to records

RESOURCES ACCESS TO RECORDS Accessing Public Records IN CALIFORNIA California Public Records Act Primer Download the CPRA Primer Menu | Resources Table of Contents | CPRA Primer The First Amendment Coalition’s California Public Records Act Primer This primer was last updated March 2022 by FAC Legal Fellow Monica Price and FAC Executive Director David Snyder. It was created in 2006 by James Chadwick, then of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. I. Public Records Act Framework

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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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CA Sunshine Ordinances: Vallejo

Vallejo’s Sunshine Ordinance was adopted in 1999. 2.08.010 Findings and purpose. The 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. The city council, the housing authority, the redevelopment agency, and all special districts, agencies, and authorities of which the city council is the governing body exist to conduct the

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AG Opinion #01-307 Teachers Can Wear Political Buttons at Back-to-School Night(2001)

TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL REPORTS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL State of California BILL LOCKYER Attorney General OPINION of BILL LOCKYER Attorney General ANTHONY S. Da VIGO Deputy Attorney General : No. 01-307 July 12, 2001 THE HONORABLE JACK SCOTT, MEMBER OF THE STATE SENATE, has requested an opinion on the following question: May a school district prohibit teachers from wearing political buttons while attending Back-to-School Night, an annual event where teachers meet

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CA Sunshine Ordinance: Milpitas

Milpitas adopted their Sunshine Ordinance in 2005 ORDINANCE NO. 262.1 TITLE: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MILPITAS (1) repealing chapter 310 of the Municipal Code; (2) repealing chapter 320 of the Municipal Code; and (3) adding Chapter 310 to Title I of the Milpitas Municipal Code establishing regulations governing access to public meetings and public records, designating city employee salary information by title as a public record, regulating lobbyists’ activities

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Pulling Back the Blue Curtain: Police, Privacy and Public Exposure – Nov. 10, SF Public Library

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”173403″ img_size=”600 × 226″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”JOIN US” main_heading_color=”#080087″ alignment=”left” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”bottom” line_height=”5″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:800″ main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” line_width=”1″ spacer_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:800;”] [/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text]In California the public has virtually NO access to police records–records of criminal investigations and records of internal reviews of police conduct.  Most other states provide greater public access. Law enforcement defends California’s high degree of secrecy as necessary to protect due process rights of police, the integrity of ongoing investigations, and the privacy

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Colleges use privacy law to block public scrutiny of troubled athletic programs

A national investigation finds widely different interpretations in granting public-record requests for documents of college athletics making it difficult to conduct any nation-wide inquiry. Only ten percent of the 69 colleges that provided information in the study released unedited reports on NCAA violations. -DB The Coumbus Dispatch May 31, 2009 By Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink

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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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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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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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CA Sunshine Ordinances: San Francisco

Provisions of the Sunshine Ordinance – Section 67 Sec. 67.1 Findings And Purpose. The Board of Supervisors and the People of the City and County of San Francisco find and declare: (a) Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. (b) Elected officials, commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business. The people do not cede to these

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