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CalAware President Frye's Letter to President of Coastal Commission

CalAware President Frye's Letter to President of Coastal Commission

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Reminding Commission, currently updating its transparency practices, of the high scores received in CalAware's 2006 and 2011 audits of public records access compliance
Reminding Commission, currently updating its transparency practices, of the high scores received in CalAware's 2006 and 2011 audits of public records access compliance

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MaryShallenberger,Chair,CaliforniaCoastalCommission45FremontStreet,Suite2000SanFrancisco,CA94105-2219October28,2013RE:CoastalCommissionStaffRanksAmongTopStateAgenciesonTransparencyandAccountabilityDearMs.Shallenberger:IamwritingasthePresidentof 
CaliforniansAware
(http://calaware.org/),anonprofitorganization establishedtohelpjournalistsandthepublictokeepCaliforniansawareofthetransparencyandpublicaccountabilityofstateandlocalagencies.Ourmissionistosupportanddefendtransparentgovernment,anenquiringpressandacitizenryfreetoexchangefactsandopinionsonpublicissues.IunderstandthattheCaliforniaCoastalCommissionwilldiscussnewmeasuretoincreasetransparencyandpublicaccountabilitybystaffastheyimplementtheCommission’sStrategicPlan.Aspartofyourdeliberation,Iwanttoreportthatoverafive-yearperiodof2006-2011,CaliforniansAwareperformedauditsontheCaliforniaCoastalCommissionand30otherstateagencies.Theauditswereintendedtoevaluatethetransparencyandresponsivenessofthesepublicagencies.ThefirstauditwasinJanuary2006.Thecombinedresultsfor31agenciesresultedinanoverallaveragegradeof“F.”Asaresult,GovernorSchwarzeneggerissuedanExecutiveOrderrequiringpublicrecordsretrainingforallhisexecutivedepartments.
OneexceptionwastheCaliforniaCoastalCommission,whichreceivedagradeofA-.
Immediatelyafterthattraining,asecond,identicalauditinAugust2006revealedanaveragegradeofC+,butstillfiveoftheagenciesreceivedFgrades
.TheCaliforniaCoastalCommissionreceivedaB-inthesecondaudit.
InJanuary2011,CaliforniansAwarepreformedathirdaudit.Theaveragegradeacrossthesame31agencieswasC+,preciselythesameasthesecondauditoffiveyearsprior
.Inourthird(2011)audit,theCaliforniaCoastalCommissionrankedamongthebestofalltheStateagenciessurveyedandreceivedanA+grade.
Inconclusion,CaliforniansAwarecommendsthestaffoftheCaliforniaCoastalCommissionfortheircompliancewithopengovernment.TheperformanceofCommissionstaffoverafive-yearperiodmeasuredby
CaliforniansAware
reflectsprofessionalism,transparencyandcommitmenttothepublic’srighttoknowabouthowtheirgovernmentworks.Asyouassesspossibleadditionaltransparencymeasures,pleaseconsiderthefactthattheperformanceofyourstaffalreadyexceedsthatofalmosteveryotherstateagency.Respectfully,
 Donna Frye 
DonnaFrye,PresidentCc:Vice-ChairSteveKinseyExecutiveDirectorCharlesLester

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