California coalition sues county for access to COVID-19 data

The California-based First Amendment Coalition has sued a county in the state for violating California’s Public Records Act.

Ventura County officials have refused to disclose information about COVID-19 deaths and about outbreaks at businesses and other non-residential settings.

“It’s troubling that government officials would so blatantly disregard their transparency obligations at a time when people need more information, not less, about the public health emergency,” First Amendment Coalition Executive David Snyder said.