This is Sunshine Week, a time to promote transparency in government. An AP analysis found that the Obama administration, which came into office promising to be the most transparent ever, has become more secretive.
Fortunately, things are better out here with our California governments, state and local. Today California Forward, a reform group, released its new report, “Rebooting Finance Disclosure.” It found that, while the state has made great strides in releasing campaign-related information, “Governments in California need to accelerate their embrace of technology, and a good place to begin is transparency of elections-related data.”
Put another way, making data available isn’t much use unless citizens can have ready and easy access to it. Continue>>>