OPEN GOVERNMENT -- The rules that are proposed to provide public access to administrative records showing how the judicial branch and its individual courts are run are modeled on those governing other state and local agencies under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). But there are significantly greater opportunities for secrecy.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- In a lawsuit filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, open government advocate Allen Grossman charges that the city's Ethics Commission suppressed public records relating to its consistent failure to enforce violations of state and local open government laws.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Mary Ann Milbourn, reporting for the Orange County Register, says the newspaper's parent corporation, Freedom Communications Inc., "is throwing up roadblocks in its bankruptcy case by designating more than 1 million documents as confidential, including a Dodgers baseball game schedule and poetry," according to the unsecured creditors committee in a court filing in Delaware Friday.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- "What's the point of subjecting complaints about the police to the review of an independent civilian board," asks an editorial in the Redding Record Searchlight, "if the vast majority of civilians—that is, the general public—can't learn the result?"
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Jonathan Wiener, a U.C. Irvine history professor, scored a recent victory when Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi ruled that the FBI must release to him 10 pages of documents gathered from its investigation in the early 1970s of Beatle John Lennon, reports Ben Ritter for New University, the UCI campus newspaper.
FREE SPEECH -- A California Congresswoman's proposed legislation demanding up to two years in prison for electronic speech meant to “coerce, intimidate, harass or cause substantial emotional distress to a person” was met with little enthusiasm by a House subcommittee last Wednesday, reports David Kravits for Wired magazine.