PUBLIC INFORMATION -- President Obama will maintain a lid of secrecy on millions of pages of Cold War era military and intelligence documents that were scheduled to be declassified by the end of the year, reports Bryan Bender in the Boston Globe.
FREE SPEECH -- The ACLU in San Diego has spelled out for a local community college president just how unlawful it believes the college's ill-treatment of several faculty members for their support of a student protest really was, and how other rules violate the civil rights of students and faculty in general. These students treat protest (about the decline in state financial support) with the excitement of 50 years ago—and it gets widespread attention.
FREE SPEECH/OPEN MEETINGS -- The student body president at Sacramento City College, summarily removed and suspended for permitting a graphic anti-abortion display at a student forum, has been reinstated—because his recall election was taken at an unlawful meeting, reports Stephanie Rodriguez for SacCityExpress.com, the college's "student-run news portal."
FREE PRESS -- Two new items have emerged in the last 24 hours concerning the secret recording of journalists' interview calls by a former press spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown: the actual recorded call transcripts and a formal investigative finding by a top official in the criminal division of Brown's office concluding that, since press interviews are "on the record," no law prohibits the government from recording them unannounced.
OPEN MEETINGS -- Richard McKee, president emeritus of Californians Aware, says the West Covina School District has violated state open-government laws several times, and in a letter addressed to Superintendent Liliam Leis-Castillo and the district's school board members, has accused the district of failing to provide accurate, specific information on agendas, reports Maritza Velazquez in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- "Who is dying of the swine flu? It's a simple question, but the answer has been hard to come by: Many counties across California and the nation are refusing to grant public records requests for death certificates of H1N1 victims," report Holly Butcher, Bethany Firnhaber and Julia James for Neon Tommy, the online news center of the Annenberg School of Communications at USC.
FREE SPEECH -- Three community college professors who may have been doing no more than showing solidarity with students peaceably protesting program cutbacks have not only been summarily suspended but may face criminal charges, reports KXTV in San Diego.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- The Modesto Bee and two other petitioners have won their lawsuit to force the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association to release information on which retirees are receiving the most generous pensions, reports Ken Carlson.
FREE PRESS -- Was the practice of Attorney General Jerry Brown's former press spokesman quietly to tape record his phone discussions with inquiring reporters a violation of California law? No, say the A.G.'s office and the First Amendment Coalition, in a rush to exoneration that ignores a central court decision.