For Sunshine Week, California watchdogs get a free open government guide


As national Sunshine Week begins, Californians interested in using their laws to keep an eye on city hall and other local and state public agencies can get a free 50-page how-to guide from the state's premier open government resource center.

Californians Aware (CalAware), the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocate for "open government, an inquiring press, and a citizenry free to exchange facts and opinions," is offering–without charge through April 15–its newly published Citizen Watchdog.

This accessibly written primer on what the state's transparency laws say–with tips on how to use them confidently and effectively–is subtitled "A Bell-Proofer's Investigative Checklist."

The Californians Aware is a member of NFOIC. –eds