Sunshine Laws
Record Transparency

Look how open other financial items are, like teacher salaries  LAUSD Salaries 

Public employee salaries  transparent california.com     

Bankruptcy Records   https://www.pacer.gov/pcl.html   http://www.bankrupt report.com/

Sheriffs Dept Transparency & Openness

How about emailing a pdf of the requested records?

The members NEED the records, look at the legislative intent of the law. Here’s an HOA that has open records   Agendas   Documents    Forms    Minutes    Newsletters    Rules    Architectural Request Notifications Adrian Adams Esq of Davis Stirling.com in the 12.9.2009 Newsletter, states:

Documents … should be posted on your website so owners can download them as-needed.

and the latter responsibility should impel the holder of the office [City Attorney] to make the government’s business as public as possible.  We call upon the candidates for city attorney to pledge their commitment to returning public oversight to the city’s agencies most in need of such scrutiny. LA Times members with expertise might save on  Insurance Bills or other bills, if they know what is going on.   If part of a document truly needs privacy, how about redaction.  Check this out “Gotovina Defence Final Trial Brief”. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.   How to make a pdf non changeable – alterable        

California Public Records Act

 

A.    Basic structure. All public records are subject to disclosure unless they fall within one of the exemptions articulated in the Public Records Act (“PRA”).1  
B.    “Public records” broadly defined. The definition of public records in the PRA includes most documents generated or used by the government. 2
 

Definition of “public record” contained in California Public Records Act (CPRA) is intended to cover every conceivable kind of record that is involved in the governmental process California State University v. Superior Court (App. 5 Dist. 2001) 108 Cal.Rptr.2d 870, 90 Cal.App.4th 810the first amendment.org/

Even though the Brown Act does not apply to associations, it may provide useful guidelines for matters not specifically addressed by the Open Meeting Act. davis-stirling.com

Government Code 9070 Open Legislature Disclosure Act leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/

Freedom of Information Act  rcfp.org/guide us doj.gov/rcfp.org/ In determining if a record is an agency record, courts have looked at whether the agency also created, controlled, used, relied upon or filed the documents in its possession. For example, appointment calendars and phone message slips of agency officials that serve some official agency purpose are considered agency records ….Bureau of National Affairs v. Department of Justice, 742 F.2d 1484 (D.C. Cir. 1984)

 

Links & Resources

California Public Records Act – Primer

Board Member Introductory Material

Basic Training for Board Members

Basic Training for HOA Board Members

 

Guide for Serving on a Condo or HOA Board

 

A basic guide to board, annual and general meetings. How to run an effective meeting and keep it short.

How to Set New Board Members Up for Success

How to Keep HOA Meetings Fair & Friendly

Robert DeNichilo, Esq  on Now I'm on the Board - What did I get myself into?

ECHO - Beginners Guide to HOA Board of Directors Duties & Responsibilities

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2 comments on “Sunshine Laws – Other Governmental Agencies

  1. Can the home owners request a log of all the checks which have been sent monthly so that there will be transparency and the owners will see how the money has been spent. The Homeowners Board has refused to provide this information.

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