How a Barrio Logan ‘Nobody’ Tweet-Toppled Labor Kingpin Mickey Kasparian

Times of San Diego | Jan 11, 2019

Feasting on catered tacos last Saturday, 40 current and former members of UFCW Local 135 and spouses celebrated the dawn of a new year and the destruction of an old foe — Mickey Kasparian…

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Inglewood scrambles to justify paying its police chief an extra $61,000 annually for taking a 2-week course

Daily Breeze | Oct 5, 2018

Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta collected an extra $61,000 last year that was not authorized by the city’s charter, the City Council or his employment agreement, according to an investigation by the Southern California News Group...

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Unnecessary Trouble?

The Argonaut | May 16, 2018

Some lawmakers want to abolish the State Board of Equalization. Others believe it’s still a viable governing body. Whatever its ultimate fate, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have already stripped much of the tax-collection board’s authority and duties in the wake of a 2017 audit that uncovered rampant nepotism and the mishandling of tens of millions of dollars...

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SPJ/LA honors Norberto Santana, Jr., as distinguished journalist and Kelly Aviles, as Freedom of Information advocate

Voice of OC | Mar 1, 2018

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles chapter honored Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., as one of five distinguished journalists at its 42nd annual awards banquet….

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State Supreme Court to take up public records cost case

San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 19, 2018

The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide an issue of importance to anyone seeking police body camera videos or other electronic records from government agencies: whether the fees for those records can include the sometimes sizable costs of removing confidential material before releasing the rest...

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California transparency advocates celebrate passage of new laws freeing police records

MuckRock | Oct 1, 2018

For 40 years, broad exemptions in the California Public Records Law blocked access to law enforcement records. This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two new pieces of legislation that…

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Wildomar leaders write letter opposing state’s sanctuary law

The Press Enterprise | Apr 20, 2018

The list of Southern California cities opposed to California’s sanctuary state law just got longer. Wildomar has joined other cities in Riverside and Orange counties, including Beaumont, Los Alamitos and Newport Beach, to come out against SB 54, the California Values Act, that took effect Jan. 1….

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Public records purge in Poway

San Diego Reader | Jan 25, 2018

The City of Poway passed a resolution to destroy 87 boxes of public city records that are more than two years old. The list of documents proposed for destruction at the January 23rd city-council meeting includes paperwork on ambulance receipts, HR personnel incident reports, and political campaign statements. Poway says many of the documents are duplicates, drafts, or unimportant to city business….

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California Refuses to Release DMV Motor Voter Files

Government Technology | Dec 7, 2018

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is refusing to turn over public documents that could shed light on problems with the state’s Motor Voter program, which launched earlier this year to automatically register people to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles…

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Council members, mayor seek to limit release of arrest information to the public

Berkeleyside | Sept 13, 2018

Two Berkeley City Council members and the mayor are asking the city to limit the amount and type of arrest information released to the public after the Berkeley Police Department faced criticism for using Twitter to share arrest updates, including booking photographs, in August.

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These Cities Can Hardly Wait to Delete Their Records

Voice of San Diego | Mar 20, 2018

Half the cities in San Diego County delete emails from their servers within the two-year minimum, arguing that they’re still operating within the law and that their practice saves taxpayers money. Transparency advocates say governments have made themselves the final arbiters of what is and isn’t a public record.

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