Donna Frye, San Diego
Tim Crews, Willows
- The Bill Farr Award of the California Society of Newspaper Editors in 2000;
- Hofstra University’s Francis Frost Wood Courage in Journalism Award in 2004;
- The California Press Association’s Newspaper Executive of the Year Award in 2009; and
- The Norwin Yoffie Lifetime Achievement Award of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.
Kelly Aviles, La Verne
Vice President for Open Government Compliance
Robert Stern, Malibu
J.W. August, San Diego
Julie Hayward Biggs, Riverside
Marjie Lundstrom, Sacramento
Emelyn Rodriguez, Sacramento
Dan Laidman, Los Angeles
Mr. Laidman is an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he focuses his practice on media and First Amendment litigation matters, including public records and courtroom access, newsgathering, prior restraint, defamation, privacy, and copyright issues. Prior to practicing law, Dan worked as a reporter for news outlets including the Monterey Herald, Contra Costa Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Copley News Service. His representative experience includes:
- Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. Los Angeles Times, in which he successfully defended against an effort by the union representing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies to restrain the Los Angeles Times from publishing information from Sheriff’s Department background investigative files;
- Marken v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, in which he successfully represented a UCLA professor in a California Public Records Act lawsuit to obtain access to public records of a high school teacher disciplined by the SMMUSD.
- Coleman v. Brown, in which he represented the Los Angeles Times in a successful emergency petition to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate a prior restraint in a high-profile lawsuit about California’s treatment of mentally ill prisoners
- Crews v. Willows Unified Sch. Dist., in which he represented media amici in a matter of first impression under the Public Records Act, resulting in a published opinion reversing a trial court award of attorney fees against an unsuccessful public records requester.
Kathleen Moran, Colusa
Vladimir Ivanovic, Los Altos
Vice President for Digital Community
Mr. Ivanovic, a veteran digital technology professional and school support activist, worked in high tech for more than 25 years before becoming “a full-time dad and an active community volunteer in the Los Altos School District (LASD).” He has served as chair of LASD's Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance, as a number of its technology committees, and currently as a district board trustee. Mr. Ivanovic says he has “strong, long-standing interest in open and transparent government because I believe that community participation in government is essential in a democracy.” He has been an active member of CalAware for several years and most recently played a major role in diagnosing and correcting malfunctions discovered in its web site.