PUBLIC INFORMATION — The North County Times in Escondido reports that San Diego County reprimanded several employees and revised its ethics policies on accepting gifts after investigating a complaint from a whistleblower filed more than a year ago, according to a county spokesman and documents obtained under a public records request. However,
The county released some documents last week related to the inquiry, including e-mails and meeting minutes, as a result of a California Public Records Act request from the North County Times. But the final report was not released because county officials said it was protected under attorney-client privilege.
Open-government advocates say the county should make the content of the report public to prevent future transgressions.
Governments can and should waive attorney-client privilege whenever possible, said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based government research organization.