Hollister Free Lance
Public records case set for Nov. 3 trial
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
By Kollin Kosmicki/Staff Writer
A case involving a man suing San Benito County for access to public records
will go to trial Nov. 3.
The lawsuit, filed by Pacific Grove resident Gary Baley in May, claims the
county’s new method of making records public over the Internet restricts
dissemination of those documents. The two sides had attempted to settle out of
court, but those talks recently stalled, according to Baley and county officials.
Gurnee Review 10/16/03
Records destruction upsets trustees
BY ANGELA D. SYKORA
Approval of a new employment contract for longtime Village Administrator Jim
Hayner was tabled Monday after a trustee called for a full investigation into why
thousands of village documents and records, some dated as recently as 2002, were
authorized to be destroyed without the board or mayor's prior knowledge.
Trustee Tom Chamberlain said thousands of village documents had been destroyed
with the consent of the state's Local Records Commission, which received
applications from the village signed by Assistant Village Administrator Brad Burke
and Suzie Studebaker, former deputy clerk and executive secretary to Hayner.
Syracuse Post Standard 10/20/03
Court lets public access documents
The Arizona Republic
Critics assail Senate rule
mandating paper files
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 20, 2003 12:01 AM
The U.S. Senate is
squandering tax dollars
and obscuring financial
records in one of the
anywhere in government,
Evidence is right there
on paper, they say: three
stacks of paper, each as
tall as a 13-story
building, and none of it
necessary in the 21st
How Parliament Functions Without a Shred of Evidence
October 21, 2003
Posted to the web October 22, 2003
Paul Mullon, Marketing Director, Metrofile
Document management may not be the most exciting topic of conversation or project an organisation can
undertake, but recent events clearly demonstrate that the lack of effective record management can leave a
reputation in tatters. Paul Mullon, marketing director of document and records management specialist
The Speaker of Parliament recently publicly chastised certain politicians for inadvertently shredding
important documents. Given the scrutiny government officials find themselves under and the current
allegations of corruption, it is no great stretch of the imagination to ascribe all sorts of under-handed
motives for the destruction of the files.
Feds may renew bid to search for, delete classified records
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it may renew an extraordinary request to
let the FBI conduct a search-and-destroy mission on any computers harboring classified
information about a 1980s case that temporarily became public in a lawsuit. A federal
judge previously rejected the idea.
The initial request from federal prosecutors in Sacramento, Calif., was considered highly
unusual by legal experts because it did not specify which computers the government
believed might contain the classified information or how agents would retrieve and destroy
information already made public.
Gurnee Review 10/23/03
Staff grilled on records fray
BY ANGELA D. SYKORA
A line was drawn down a resident- and employee- packed Gurnee Village Hall
Monday as staff members defended the disposal in the last several months of 6,740
pounds of stored public documents, some as old as 1930, others as recent as last
On one side were those who supported staff members contending they dutifully
complied with all the state's record retention and destruction laws and had nothing to
hide. On the other side were those who weren't necessarily ready to call the act
criminal or malicious, but were concerned enough to plead with the board for a full
investigation and a new policy that would ensure something like this could never
happen again without their approval.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Consumers' counsel probe widens
Julie Carr Smyth
Plain Dealer Bureau
Columbus - Attorney General Jim Petro broadened his office's role in
investigating Ohio Consumers' Counsel Rob Tongren yesterday -
layering another level of questioning onto a growing pile.
In a letter pointing to Petro as "an advocate of open government and
government accountability," First Assistant Attorney General D. Michael
Grodhaus said the office will begin its own look into the actions that
caused documents detailing $579,000 in consulting work to be
"destroyed so quickly."
Pocono Record 10/24/03
Upgrade to slash search times at
By LAUREN KURZ
Pocono Record Writer
STROUDSBURG — Monroe County's Prothonotary Office has just made searching
through civil documents a bit easier.
The Prothonotary's Office held training sessions throughout Thursday afternoon to
better familiarize the public with the office's $71,000 hardware and software
Clerk presses to unearth city's past
By Andy Gammill
The Journal Gazette
In 1826, Allen County Clerk of the Courts Anthony
Davis carefully recorded the legal goings-on of the day, such as a $172.87
fine that year to John B. Decker for selling "spirituous liquors."
At some point a clerk gathered the papers, tied them with ribbon and
stashed them in boxes. But they've sat mostly untouched for the last 17
Flash forward to 2003.
Richmond Times Dispatch
E-mail 'gray area' of Va.'s FOI Act
The act is not specific about how state's public officials should use it when discussing public
BY JASON WERMERS
Oct 26, 2003
To e-mail, or not to e-mail?
That can be a thorny question for elected officials in Virginia.
The Richmond School Board is the latest to stumble into this "gray area," as the Virginia
Freedom of Information Advisory Council calls it.
The FOI Act is not specific about how public officials should or should not use e-mail to
discuss matters of interest to the public.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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