PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Californians Aware and 15 press organizations from around the state today filed a friend of the court brief supporting a weekly newspaper's effort to get attorney's fees paid by the city that forced it to go to court to get public information.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- A Los Angeles garment industry trade newspaper has been rebuffed without explanation in seeking a copy of the grant application submitted by the city as part of a $6.6 million plan to purchase a parcel of land and turn it into a park, reports the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen. The report says some citizens want to know how much of the grant would go to the actual purchase, and how much would be spent on improvements.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- E-mail messages made available to Californians Aware Monday by California State University, Stanislaus concerning preparations for the appearance of Sarah Palin as keynote speaker at the campus's 50 anniversary next month deal mostly with the controversy post-dating CalAware's request for such records and disclose relatively few clues as to how actively involved the university was in the planning and arrangements for the event.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- A bill intended to end journalists' access to the home addresses of all crime victims failed passage today on a party-line vote in the seven-member Assembly Committee on Public Safety after a presentation based on myths and distortion, but was given a chance at reconsideration in the coming days.
PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Mike McKee, reporting in the San Francisco Recorder, notes that UCLA law professor Richard Sander's long-proposed study of law school affirmative action policies' effect, if any, on California State Bar examinations' pass rates met another obstacle recently. In a tentative opinion, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow concluded that the documents Sander seeks—historical data on past bar exams—don't fall within the scope of documents traditionally subject to public disclosure.