The American Civil Liberties Union sent warning letters to Anaheim for its public comment structure and the city attorney’s office, in a response letter, defended the system. Now the Council will discuss the matter in a closed session later this month.
Terry Francke, the General Counsel for Cal Aware writes about Sunshine Week, an annual national celebration of America’s popular access to government records and information. Francke outlines how people can take action to make their communities more open, offering ten ways you can advance your rights to know, speak, write and publish about issues that matter—where you live.
Orange County supervisors were planning to privately discuss Tuesday whether to explore using county-owned land for a veterans cemetery, but changed their agenda after Voice of OC questioned its legality.
In 2012, the so-called “Santa Ana Spring” council members touted the revival of committees on key city issues as an example of a more transparent city government. Now the meetings are mostly cancelled.
The Orange County Water District’s Board of Directors has several committees that meet outside of public view. And several of them appear to be doing so illegally, according to open government expert Terry Francke.
Open government advocates are trying to get a proposal on the November 2016 ballot that would make Californians the first in the nation with a constitutional right to know about the big money behind political campaigns.