The Oregonian 9/25/03
Electronic planners can delete city workers'
privacy, Tigard says
Depending on how a computer device is used, information can be
subpoenaed, a new rule says
The Oregonian 10/14/03
Court ruling opens Saif records
The ruling is a victory for private insurers who sought financial
information from the State Accident Insurance Fund
FOI: E-mails should be public
By Christopher Symington, Record-Journal staff
WALLINGFORD — A Freedom of Information Act hearing officer has sided
with a Record-Journal reporter who claimed the Board of Education violated FOI
laws governing e-mails.
The state's Freedom of Information Commission will make an official ruling on
Oct. 22 regarding a complaint filed by reporter Evan Goodenow. However,
Hearing Officer Barbara E. Housen recommended that the full commission rule
that School Superintendent Kenneth V. Henrici's administrative e-mails are public
Judge Rules Los Alamos Broke California Public
Press of Atlantic City 10/15/03
GOVERNMENT RECORDS COUNCIL
The agency that enforces the state's new Open Public Records Act is wisely showing
that it is an agency that has teeth.
The Government Records Council has levied its first fine - against an Ocean County
clerk who refused for five months to release basic public records about attorney fees
and contracts. The Open Public Records Act requires the records to be produced
within seven days.
The fine of $1,000 was levied against the Lakewood clerk personally; she is expected
Oakland Tribune 10/15/03
When is a public institution not public?
HERE'S AN easy quiz. Which of these three are city institutions: the Chabot Space
and Science Center, the Oakland Zoo, or the Oakland Museum of California?
If you are an Oakland resident, you probably said all three. Just don't tell that to City
Attorney John Russo, whose office is thwarting efforts to obtain records that could
indicate whether the three institutions abused their nonprofit foundation status during
the campaign for Measure G bond, which passed in November 2002.
Russo's office advised the three they do not have to abide by the Public Records Act.
That's because, in the city attorney's opinion, the fund-raising foundations they
created are not covered by open government laws.
Fairbanks News-Miner 10/16/03
UAF newspaper sues over access to Solie's records
By BETH IPSEN, Staff Writer
The University of Alaska Fairbanks student newspaper has sued the university to
obtain release of police records of Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick
Solie's arrest in August.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Public-record requests prompt varied responses
BY CARLOS SANTOS
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Sunday, October 5, 2003
Freedom of information in Virginia isn't always free, a little hitch that might prove insurmountable
to ordinary residents curious about the spending habits of their local governments.
A recent request by The Times-Dispatch for documents from 114 cities, towns and counties
detailing how much they spent at the Virginia Municipal League conference in Norfolk last October
resulted in a total bill of $638.95 charged to the newspaper for research, copying and mailing
The Washington Dispatch
What Is Gov. Dean Hiding?
Exclusive commentary by Jill S. Farrell
Oct 23, 2003
“It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” How many times have we heard
that line? And with a few notable rare exceptions - like the 900+ FBI
files that seemed to walk themselves over to the White House during
the Clinton Administration - that sentiment holds true. No matter what
the infraction may be, the situation resolves itself faster and more
painlessly when the accused puts everything on the table. Which
brings us to Howard Dean’s gubernatorial records, which are currently
'Dean divers' scour files for dirt, details
The Associated Press
October 21, 2003
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For hours on end, they camp out at the
state archives housed in an 1890 mansion, scouring public records,
documents and correspondences in a search of crucial details about
former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the Democratic presidential
State officials have dubbed them “Dean Divers.”
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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