Californians Aware just earned a Gold Seal of Transparency on @GuideStarUSA.

By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements, and progress indicators, we’re highlighting the difference we help to make in the world. Check us out and/or see a more detailed report on what we’ve attempted and accomplished over the years.

As for the past 24 hours or so, for example, we
• equipped a county employee to challenge his IT department’s announced plan to purge all emails in the system after 90 days that had not been transferred to a working file;
• helped a Palm Springs TV station challenge a local law enforcement agency’s cutoff of scanner traffic used by newsrooms to track public safety communications;
• answered questions from a reporter for the Tokyo Shimbun about the effects of the Bell city hall scandals and more generally the risks of ending news coverage of small towns; and
• noted a Bakersfield Republican assemblyman’s plan to introduce a bill that would require creation of an online Yelp-like site to allow the public to rate state agencies’ performance.

That may involve a bit more variety than the typical day, but the point is that our services, whether one-off help on the phone or years of work on legislation or litigation, are provided without charge—but aren’t free. They continue only so long as people like you who care about such things show your support in substantial donations. Please help us keep CalAware keep Californians aware.

The Gold Seal is nice, but we can’t take it to the bank.