PUBLIC INFORMATION — Katie Connolly, blogging for Newsweek.com, tells us that today's corporate free speech decision by the U.S. Supreme Court "spells disaster for political transparency." Au contraire: It could motivate campaign finance reformers to turn to sunlight, as Justice Brandeis said, as the best disinfectant.
FREE PRESS — A local government watchdog website in Davis reports that it has spun off a more specialized web monitor to focus on the criminal justice system in the county, including the trial courts.
OPEN GOVERNMENT — "With
iPhones and Blackberries becoming must-have accessories, San Jose is
poised to approve a ground-breaking disclosure policy that would ensure
elected leaders don't use those personal devices to skirt
public-records laws," reports John Woolfolk in the San Jose Mercury News.
FREE PRESS — The Orange County Register has discovered a troubling consequence of publishing what appears in its pages on the Internet: the visiting Iranian students it photographs protesting on local campuses against the regime back home are identified by the regime, which holds their families in its power.
OPEN MEETINGS — An editorial in the Contra Costa Times asks who voted which way in the recent decision of a community college district board not to renew the expiring contract of its chancellor, discovered in repeated acts of pursuing his and friends' interests at public expense, which the editorial summarizes.
FREE SPEECH/PUBLIC INFORMATION — Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) today called on the
administrators at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo to stop letting wealthy donors censor curriculuma reported abuse he says might be disclosed if not deterred if a bill he is carrying on university foundation transparency were to become law.
OPEN MEETINGS — An attorney for the Garden Grove Unified School District has issued a letter advising
the board that trustee Lan Quoc Nguyen did not violate the
public-meetings law when he had brief discussions with two fellow trustees about who would nominate whom for board offices, minutes before the start of a regular board meeting last
month, reports Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register. But a critical blogger takes the attorney's letter apart.