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

 

LA City Attorney on Brown Act, upon which Davis Stirling is based. View Parts   2    3

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