Making a Request Under the California Public Records Act *updated

* Updated July 29, 2011: The City of Alhambra responded to the second part of my CPRA request.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. — Louis Brandeis

The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is a powerful tool intended to hold our state and local governments accountable. At its most basic level, the CPRA presumes a record created by an agency or its employees is a public record unless exempted by the Legislature, and gives everybody a right to access public records in California.

In adopting the CPRA, the Legislature declared that “access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.” California Government Code ยง 6250. In addition, that concept is enshrined in the state Constitution: “The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, and therefore, . . . . → Continue reading: Making a Request Under the California Public Records Act *updated

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