Category Archives: Transparency

California keeps a secret list of criminal cops but says you can’t have it

By Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino, KQED | Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children. The one thing they had in common: … Continue reading

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Judge orders release of OC deputy sheriffs’ misconduct records

By Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC | Orange County now joins Los Angeles and Contra Costa counties as places where a resident can hold their police agencies accountable by having the right to review select law enforcement misconduct records, … Continue reading

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SB 615 would all but abolish California citizens’ rights to public documents

It would require members of the public to bear the cost of forcing the government to comply with its own transparency law By Robert Fellner, Voice of San Diego | Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) wants to make it harder … Continue reading

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2017 CalPERS pension data for Fullerton now online

CalPERS payouts approach $21 billion, up 43% over past 5 years Today, — California’s largest public pay database — released pension payout data for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2017. The data … Continue reading

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In California, accountability depends on transparency, which is under siege

By Dan Walters | If we – the California public – are to hold politicians and other government officials accountable, we must first know what they are doing or not doing. Thus, the first point of conflict is always access … Continue reading

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What taxpayers should know about the California budget

By Jon Coupal | California voters are pretty good at figuring out what is going in the state capital when it hits them directly. For example, recent polling shows that citizen awareness of the $5.2 billion annual gas and car … Continue reading

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Public employee unions, again, want public’s business done in secret

An editorial from the East Bay Times | California public labor unions’ secrecy lobby is at it again. This time their pawn is Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, who introduced legislation sealing off public access to records about local government … Continue reading

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