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Letter to Governor on CPRA

Letter to Governor on CPRA

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Journalists' letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to veto SB 71 and AB 76 if
either weakens the California Public Records Act..
Journalists' letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to veto SB 71 and AB 76 if
either weakens the California Public Records Act..

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Published by: The Tribune on Jun 20, 2013
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TheHonorableEdmundG.BrownJr.OfficeoftheGovernorStateCapitol,Suite1173Sacramento,CA95814ViaFax:916-558-3160June19,2013DearGov.Brown:WeareabroadcoalitionofmediaorganizationsjoiningourcolleaguesattheCaliforniaNewspaperPublishersAssociationtourgeyoutovetoSB71andAB76ifeitherweakenstheCaliforniaPublicRecordsAct.Althoughweareencouragedbyyourannouncementlatetodaysupportingthepublic’srighttoknow,wewerestunnedbythisblatantandunwarrantedattack.Asexpertsoncompliancewiththeourstate’scurrentPublicRecordsAct,wecanassureyouthatmanylocaljurisdictionswillnot–assomelegislatorssuggest–voluntarilyabidebybestpractices.Intherealworld,cities,counties,schoolsandgovernmentboardsalreadyspendabundanttimeandmoneytryingnottocomplywiththeact.Inordinatedelaysaretypical,illegaldenialscommon.ThevoluntarysystemoriginallyproposedunderSB71andAB76willnotsavemoney,either.Instead,itwouldforcenewsorganizationsandgovernmentsintoexpensivelegalbattles.Thiswillburdengovernmentsevenfurther,andplacerestraintsonthefreepress.Weareespeciallyconcernedabouttheelectronicrecordsprovision.Thisoftenisthesimplestwayforagovernmentbodytofulfillarequest,savingtimeandtrees.Italsoallowsjournaliststoquicklyanalyzetrendsandspotaberrationshiddeninthemillionsofrowsandcolumns.Ifthisisnotanattempttowithholdpublicinformation,whymakeitharderforalltodotheirjobs?Californiaalreadyisknownforhavingoneoftheweakestpublicrecordslawsinthenation.Thisisashamefulrankingthatdeservesyourattention.Sincerely,JimBoren,ExecutiveEditor/SeniorVicePresidentTheFresnoBeeKenBrusic,EditorandSeniorVicePresidentOrangeCountyRegisterGregBurton,ExecutiveEditor

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