Berkeley Sunshine Ordinance Gets First Review

By Anne Lowe

OPEN GOVERNMENT – A work session on a proposed ordinance to increase public access to public meetings and records has been continued to January, the Berkeley Daily Planet reports.

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L.A. Times Debuts Online Crime-Tracking Feature

By Anne Lowe

PUBLIC INFORMATION – The Los Angeles Times will now be using daily reports from local law enforcement agencies to create an online database that maps and analyzes crime in Los Angeles County.

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Alameda Sued for E-mails on Development Deal

By Anne Lowe

PUBLIC INFORMATION – The City of Alameda has beeen sued for failing to respond to a Public Records Act request that sought e-mail messages pertaining to a contract with a real estate developer; the city's policy is that all e-mails are exempt as "drafts" until they are periodically and routinely destroyed on a wholesale basis.

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