October 1, 2012RE:
Crews v. Willows Unified School District et al.
,Third District Civ. No. C066633TO THE HONORABLE PRESIDING JUSTICE AND ASSOCIATEJUSTICES OF THE THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT FOR THE STATEOF CALIFORNIA:Amici curiae William T. Bagley, Leland Yee and Californians Awarerequest permission to file the attached brief in support of Plaintiff andAppellant Tim Crews in the captioned case.Interests of AmiciAmici are current and former public officials, recognized for their strongand principled support of government transparency and accountability, aswell as a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the people's right toknow about, and to participate in, their government.• Amicus William T. Bagley, a lawyer, was a Member of the CaliforniaAssembly from 1961 to 1974, representing Marin and Sonoma counties. In1968 he was the author of Assembly Bill 1381 (Ch. 1473, Stats. 1968),which enacted the California Public Records Act (CPRA). He also was theauthor of the open meetings law that bears his name, the Bagley-Keene Act,Government Code sections 11120-11132, enacted in 1967. The prelude tothe latter states: " The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty tothe agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, . . .insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over theinstruments they have created." Section 11120.• Amicus Leland Yee, a Member of the California Senate, is the legislator currently mostactive in attempting to strengthen access to publicinformation and proceedings,exemplified in this session’s Senate Bills (SBs):• 8 (Ch. 247, Stats. 2011), making records held by public higher education auxiliary organizations presumptively subject to public scrutiny,
http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/1112/bill/sen/sb_00010050/sb_8_bill_20110906_ chaptered.html• 1000 (failed passage), making safety-related records provided byregulated utilities to the California Public Utilities Commission