Fullerton Resident and blogger Joshua Ferguson gained a national ally in his appeal against an OC Judge’s order barring him and the blog from publishing secret city hall documents after the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a support document on Ferguon’s appeal, calling the publication gag a Constitutional violation and the city accusations a “brazen misuse” of federal or state hacking laws by the City of Fullerton to target routine newsgathering activities.
The Anaheim City Council minority members will now have a tougher time putting their policy proposals before the full Council after majority members decide they don’t want to hear minority-faction proposals more than once in any six-month period.
County Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to pay Voice of OC $121,396 in legal fees after losing a Superior Court case for refusing to release public records about Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s handcuffing a preacher at a Wahoo’s restaurant.
Council members violated the law by meeting secretly to approve a costly lobbying contract, according to open government advocates. While not admitting wrongdoing, the council promised Monday to not break the law in the future.
Voice of OC filed suit after county officials refused to release records regarding officials’ actions leading up to Carlos Bustamante’s arrest on sex crimes. The open-government advocacy group Californians Aware has joined the suit.
The news organization, along with open-government advocacy group Californians Aware, seeks access to a letter sent by a deputy CEO that reportedly alleges a host of improprieties within the county bureaucracy.