OPEN GOVERNMENT – A Berkeley sunshine ordinance initiative petition has gathered enough signatures to ensure its place on the November 2012 ballot, but the fight is by no means over for supporters who want to see it become law.
PUBLIC INFORMATION – The Fair Political Practices Commission has begun posting complaints online against political candidates that have triggered pending investigations, in an effort to reduce unlawful behavior during campaigns.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- Senator Leland Yee Wednesday rebutted as unfounded predictions by California public university officials that his SB 330, which would bring their non-profit campus auxiliary organizations under the California Public Records Act,
would hinder those organizations’ fundraising abilities.
FREE SPEECH-- Tattoo parlors must now be allowed access to
commercially zoned areas of Hermosa Beach following a decision by the
U.S. ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that granted tattooing First Amendment protection.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- Comments on Alameda’s Sunshine Ordinance draft will be welcome at a public task force meeting this Saturday, Sept. 11. The city’s first Sunshine Ordinance, if adopted, would give Alameda citizens greater access to city records and meetings. Meanwhile a city council member has just been cleared of accusations she leaked confidential information in violation of the Brown Act.
PUBLIC INFORMATION-- State college and university auxiliary organizations could soon be subject to public records laws if a bill amending the Public Records Act is approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by Sept. 30.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- Ruling in San Francisco, the United States Court of Appeals dismissed a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union today, citing national security as the reason it would not be heard.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- Carolyn Lawson, deputy director of eServices for the State of California, recently talked to gov20.govfresh.com about the state’s efforts to bring more information to the public in the midst of a budget crisis, part of which is an effort to get its own people to get it.
OPEN GOVERNMENT -- The names of past and present members of three police department advisory panels were released by Pasadena city officials Wednesday following a public records request; still an open question is whether the panels should comply with the Brown Act.
OPEN MEETINGS — After being dismissed by a judge for a lack of evidence, a lawsuit filed against the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for alleged Brown Act violations will be heading to the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno.
FREE SPEECH -- A report released in June by the American Civil Liberties Union has shed new light on law enforcement agencies' continuing penchant for censoring, obstructing or spying on the practice of First Amendment rights.Californians are particularly frequent targets.