OPEN GOVERNMENT -- The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Tuesday approved SB 330 – a reintroduction of last year’s SB 218 – to apply the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to nonprofit 'auxiliary' organizations that perform government functions at campuses of the University of California, California State University, and California’s community colleges, reports the office of Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), author of both bills.
FREE PRESS -- Terence Chea for the Associated Press reports that a judge has ruled that the University of California police illegally searched the camera of a photojournalist covering a protest outside the chancellor's campus home.
OPEN MEETINGS -- In reaction to the looming prospect of a budget-driven suspension of the mandate to prepare and post agendas for local government meetings governed by the Brown Act, the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) is asking the leader of the State Senate to head a measure to place on the statewide ballot an amendment to Proposition 59 of 2004 to make information about those meetings public as a matter of constitutional law, thereby removing local agencies' right to bill the state with associated paperwork costs.
WHISTLEBLOWERS -- The Obama Administration is cracking down harder on leakers than did its predecessor—in fact than any of its predecessors, reports Scott Shane in the New York Times.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- The Associated Press reports that a judge agreed Monday to unseal files in the case of a Sunday school teacher who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a young girl whose body was found in a suitcase.