Marin County has created an artful video briefing on the highlights of the Brown Act for training its various advisory boards and commissions. While one or two of the minor points made may be subject to question, the presentation is on the whole a refreshing alternative to powerpoint or handout approaches to making citizen volunteers aware of the open meeting law. Notable also is a closing statement by the district attorney showing concern for Brown Act compliance.
A judge has ruled that nothing in the California Public Records Act prevents a city from contracting with a private firm to administer its public libraryeven if it means giving the contractor access to patrons' confidential borrowing records.
The California Legislature is among those of a half-dozen states that exempt themselves from the tough transparency rules they impose on the executive branch and local government.
Who knew "Obamacare" had some sunshine provisions to help people make informed decisions about where and how to spend their health care dollarsx-raying hospitals and other providers to permit comparisons of not only prices but readmissions, infections and doctors' and nurses' performance?
The Los Angeles Times, in a lead Sunday editorial, has called for the opening of juvenile court dependency hearings, where decisions are made as to who is appropriate to provide parental care for a neglected or abused child. A champion for fathers' custodial rights promptly seconded the motion.
A local transportation authority board is revisiting its requirement that citizens who address it at meetings must fill out cards with their names and contact information, after CalAware criticized the rule as a Brown Act violation.