Recently we reported our principal accomplishments in 2012 and noted some key projects on the agenda for the coming year.  We also thanked all of you who showed your support by joining as a member of CalAware or otherwise making a financial contribution. Here's thanking you in advance if you're still intending to make a tax-deductible gift to, or sign up for membership with, Californians Aware by the end of this month.

Membership benefits? For all levels, a same day response to your emails or phone calls, and use of our SunScribe public records request service. For individual members at the Premium level or above, or organizational members at the Newsroom level or above: a 50% rebate on CalAware publications.

We're giving our website a facelift—updating some things unplugged by a few malware attacks this year, and upgrading some others to make our resources and services more visible and accessible.  Part of the new look is to show "what we're fighting for"—scenes of people enjoying the open government and First Amendment rights we're committed to protecting and advancing.  Those rights you don't need to pay anyone for; they're priceless.  But not worthless to bother protecting.  If you think it's worthwhile to have someone standing watch for Californians' rights in particular, especially if you haven't yet joined or contributed, please help us however much you can.

Best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and productive new year!