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Washington Coalition for Open Government workshops in October and November

From Washington Coalition for Open Government: The Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG) invites the public to attend a free workshop from 1:00 to 4:00PM on Saturday, October 26 at the Seattle Public Library – University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE.

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Housing agency settles challenge to ‘sham entity’

From Seattle Times:  The King County Housing Authority says it got bad legal advice when it held unannounced meetings of a nonprofit it formed in 2009.

The housing authority set up the nonprofit, Moving King County Residents Forward, as a separate organization to get a better deal on federal housing subsidies for 22 properties around King County.

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Seattle-area Housing Authority institutes transparency reforms

Settlement in Knight FOI Fund case resolves tenant’s open meeting complaint, but public records issues are still pending.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (August 6, 2013) – A public housing agency serving suburban Seattle, Wash., will institute a sweeping series of transparency measures as a result of a lawsuit made possible by the inspired persistence of an engaged public housing resident and a litigation grant made under the Knight FOI Fund.

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Kirkland (Wash.) raises transparency bar with new public disclosure rules

From the Kirkland Reporter:  Open and transparent government is essential to liberty, and access to public records is a key element of open government.

As an advocate for government transparency and accountability, as well as a Kirkland City Council member, I believe that the council placed the city on the cutting edge of public records access by its recent unanimous adoption of two pieces of legislation.

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Editorial: Bring transparency to King County Housing Authority’s shadow agency

Editorial from The Seattle Times:  Last November, the King County Housing Authority quietly granted a 30-year lease on 509 of its apartment units to an obscure nonprofit agency called Moving King County Residents Forward.

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Freedom Foundation releases best practices for Open Public Meetings Act

From The Freedom Foundation:

OLYMPIA (Nov 28, 2012) – The Freedom Foundation today released Best Practices for Public Agency Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, a go-to source of information on a number of issues related to Washington State’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).

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