A primer on California public records requests

From MercuryNews.com:

When one makes a request for records under the law, the government has 10 calendar days to reply in a specific, formal, if you will, way.


All of the responsibility to deal with a request and to follow the law is on the government, which is very clearly subordinate to the requester of records. In other words, the public is in charge.


Oakland City Council Votes for Open Data Policy

From Code For America:

On Monday April 30, 2012, Oakland City Council reviewed an open data policy initiative put forth by city councilmember of the 4th District and Oakland native, Libby Schaff.

The open data policy agenda report composed by policy analyst Bruce Stoffmacher, proposes to make raw data sets accessible to the public on a new city data portal.


Redding denies records request for REU investigative reports

From The Record Searchlight

Redding intends to keep under wraps a pair of investigative reports on mismanagement and hostile workplace allegations in the electric utility's customer service department.

On Monday, a Los Angeles law firm representing the city denied the Record Searchlight's request for the reports dating to 2008, saying they are exempt from public disclosure because they are part of personnel records.