State, L.A. County Get Laurels for Their Websites

OPEN GOVERNMENTSunshine Review, a national nonprofit group supporting open government at the state and local levels, has given the State of California a “Sunny Award” for having one of the most effective government websites in the nation for promoting government transparency.  Los Angeles County's website won an even higher distinction—a perfect score in the competition.

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Council: Our Agenda Wasn't Intended to Mislead

OPEN MEETINGS — A city council's firing of its city manager in a closed session labeled "evaluation of performance" rather than the more accurate statutory listing "discipline/dismissal/release" is being criticized as a violation of the Brown Act, but at least one council member says no deception was intended—the decision to fire the manager arose only once the evaluation discussion got going.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION/FREE SPEECH — A new Congressional bill responding to the Supreme Court's recently declared right of corporations to spend unlimited amounts in campaign contributions would limit corporate power to swamp other political funders' voices by requiring the leader of the largest corporate contributor to a broadcast ad to appear in that ad and state the corporation's support for the candidate or issue. 

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Hate Messages to Yee, Mixed Signals to CalAware

PUBLIC INFORMATION –  The controversy surrounding a planned fundraising appearance by former Governor Sarah Palin at California State University Stanislaus and calls for greater transparency in arrangements for the event from Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) have prompted several racist and obscene phone calls to Yee’s office and even a fax threatening the Senator’s life. Meanwhile, the public records litigation filed by Californians aware has drawn signals that appear conflicting. 

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