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SUFERIOR CCIURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIAFOR THECOI-INTYOF STANISLAUSCALIFORNIANS AWARE, a non-profltcorporation,Petitioner/Plaintiff.
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CALIFORNIASTATE LINIVERSITYSTANISLAUS, apublicuniversity,Respondent/Dendant,CSUSTANISLAUSFOLTNDATION,a non-profitarxiliary ofCaliforniaStateUniversityStanislaus,
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Real Party inInterest.The matter of the Petition forWritofMandate, an Injunction,andDeclaratoryRelief for violationsofthe CaliforniaPublic Records Act, Government Codesections6250etseq.,filedby PetitionerCalifornians Aware againstRespondent CalifomiaStateUniversity,Stanislaus,cameonfor hearing on July16,2010, in Department24 ofthe above-entitledcourt,Judge RogerM. Beauchesneresiding.DennisWinston of DennisA. Winston,A ProfessionalLawCorporation,KellyAviles of the LawOfficesofKelly A. Aviles,and JosephT.Franckeappearedonbehalfof Petitioner.Dawn Theodora of the CalifomiaStateUniversityOfficeofthe GeneralCounselappeared onbehalf ofRespondentBoard ofTrusteesof the California-1-
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State University(erroneouslyserved andsued as California State University Stanislaus)("University").JohnA. Ramirezof Rutan & Tucker, LLP appearedon behalf ofReal Party inInterestCSU StanislausFoundation("Foundation").Upon conclusion of oral argumentsonJuly 16, 2010,the courtinvitedproposedorders fromcounsel whichwere due on August2,2010. Thecourt ook the matterundersubmissionn August 2,2010.Afterdueconsideration and based upon thepapersfiledby thepartiesandoralargument,orgoodcauseshown, he Courtmakeshe following rulings and ORDERS:1.Petitioner's request for DeclaratoryRelief is GRANTED as to theUniversityand DENIEDas tothe Foundation.This Court declares that the Universityviolated theCaliforniaPublic RecordsAct in that:(a)University is a stateagencyor state body within the meaning of GovernmentCodeS6252(a);(b)Petitionermadeapublicrecordsrequeston March31,2010(the"Request"),for"allUniversity records, other than those specificallypreparedorpublic release,concerning heplannedappearancefex-GovernorSarahPalinasguestofhonorattheUniversity's50ft AnniversaryGala on June25,2010";(c)On April6,2070, Gina B. Leguria respondedtotheRequeston behalf ofUniversityby statingthat,"TheUniversity has nodocuments hrtare esponsivetoyourrequest;" and thatthe requestwould be referred o theFoundation;(d)Petitioner CaliforniansAwareattemptedo clarify theresponseo the Requestand to determinewhethertheUniversitv actuallvhad documentsthatwereresponsive o the Request.
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(e)DespitePetitioner'sattemptsat clarification,University did not frrthercontactCalifornians Aware concerning the Requestuntil after Universitywasservedwith the Petition inthis action.Documentsproducedafterthislitigation wascommencedshowthatRespondent'soriginal response hat it had no records was incorrect.GovernmentCode$6258providesnparthat:Anypersonmay instituteproceedingsor injunctiveor declarativeelieforwrit of mandate nanycourtofcompetenturisdictionto enforce his orherrighttoinspectorto receivea copy ofanypublicrecordor classofpublicrecordsunder this chapter.Codeof Civil Procedure1060provides:Anypersonnterested .. whodesiresa declarationof hisor herrights ordutieswith respect to anothef, ... may, in cases of actualcontroversyrelatingto thelegal rightsandduties of the respectiveparties,bring anoriginal action ... foradeclarationof his or her rights and duties... andthecourt maymakea binding declarationof these rights orduties, whetheror not further relief is or could be claimedat the time....GovernmentCode$6253.1(a)equireshat:When a member of thepublicrequestsoinspect apublicrecord orobtainacopy of apublicrecord, thepublicagency, n order to assisthe memberofthepublicmake a focused and effectiverequesthatreasonablydescribesanidentifiable recordorrecords, shall do all of thefollowing, tothe extentreasonableunder the circumstances(1)Assistthemember of thepublicto identiS records andinformationthat are responsiveotherequest or to thepurposeoftherequest, fstated.(2)Describe the informationtechnology andphysicallocationinwhichthe records xist.(3)Provide suggestionsorovercoming anypracticalbasisfor denyingaccesso the records or information sought.(Emphasisadded)0)TheCSURecordsAccess Manual(Petitioner'sExhibitBB,page 5) stateshat:(h)(i)
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