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California high court says public records are public, even on a private email

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court unanimously overturned an appeals court decision that had provided a large loophole in the state’s public-records act. The case, City of San Jose v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County, revolves around

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 15

Transparency ballot measure nearly unopposed Outside groups want transportation deal done in lame-duck Senate candidates fight over for-profit colleges, Trump University New law prevents renter blacklist Gov. Brown signs more environmental laws  Good Thursday morning! While the governor pumps out

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Police reform measures struggling in Sacramento

Against a national backdrop of discord over police killings of black men and deadly anti-police violence, state lawmakers who back law enforcement conduct and transparency reforms are making little progress in Sacramento. Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced Senate Bill

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – July 1

November ballot fills out with 17 measures… and lawmakers want to add a few more Which gun-control bills will Brown sign? Vaccination law drives some out of state Why regulators want more money for air quality cleanup Good morning, happy

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 28

Assembly speaker, transparency proponents spar PUC reforms coming Nothing bad ever seems to happen at UC Who were the white supremacist groups in Sacramento last weekend? Water management in CA Good morning! A war of words erupted in recent days

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 15

  Transparency duel Budget by midnight Welfare rule to be repealed Gun control advances Crisis looming for energy grid expansion? Lawmakers will consider two transparency bills today in an effort to head off a ballot measure that would go to greater

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 6

Transparency measure close to qualifying Trump divides CA GOP Brown’s sentencing measure likely OK Lots of peeved nicotine addicts Republicans seeking low-income dental funding Good morning! TGIF Is it worth giving the public more time to consider major pieces of legislation if

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Transparency measure appears headed to November ballot

A ballot measure aimed at increasing legislative transparency crossed a vital threshold on Thursday and appears poised to be on November’s ballot.  The initiative is a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to make available online the final version of a

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Transparency activists seek CA sunshine

  National Sunshine Week — an effort to increase and encourage government transparency — has come and gone in California while multiple types of state secrecy continue to draw fire from lawmakers and citizens. Budgeting has topped the list of recent complaints. “The

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New regulation fights shadow lobbying

The state’s political watchdog agency unanimously approved a new regulation on Thursday making it harder for lobbyist groups to conceal influence peddling activities, known informally as “shadow lobbying.” Currently, anyone who spends $5,000 or more to influence legislative or administrative action is

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