OPEN GOVERNMENT — Residents in the City of Brea are about to be asked to approve a ballot measure enacting the first substantial sunshine ordinance in Southern Californiaand one with several transparency provisions that go well beyond any others in the state.
FREE SPEECH — The Ninth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that a Los Angeles city ordinance
regulating the use and placement of billboards and "super graphics" covering entire building walls is constitutional, and threw out
a district court order enjoining enforcement of the law, reports Sheri M.Okamoto for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise in Los Angeles.
PUBLIC INFORMATION — Unidentified sources have told the Los Angeles Times that the California State University Stanislaus Foundation is paying former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a $75,000 fee plus expenses for a speaking appearance at a fundraiser tied to the university's 50th anniversary celebration on June 25, reports Carla Rivera on the L.A. Now blog.
OPEN GOVERNMENT — Two Orange County cities are using the same software program to put as many of their public records as possible on computer. One is a relatively new customer and seems to be catching on quickly. The other has been using it for yearsor trying toand now has trouble finding records that people come to city hall and ask for. Tracy Wood, reporting for the Voice of OC, asks why.
FREE SPEECH — "In the wide panorama of human rights violations, the question just
presented before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may not be that
urgent, but it sure is interesting," says FindLaw blogger Tanya Roth. "The essence of the case of Anderson
v. Hermosa Beach is this question: Is tattooing a form of free
expression granted protection under the First Amendment?"
PUBLIC INFORMATION — A judge has ruled that the California Public Records Act does not require Orange County to release its
digital mapping system at little or no cost, reports Ronald Campbell in the Orange County Register's OC Watchdog blog. The decision allows the
county to continue to charge thousands of dollars to users of the
Landbase parcel map system.
OPEN MEETINGS — Redondo Beach Harbor Commissioner Harry Munns reports in a blog that City Attorney Mike Webb takes his job of enforcing the local government open meeting law so seriously that he recently told commissioners that if they did not correct a violation he would report them to the district attorney.