Oregon Public Records Advocate Resigns

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed the state’s first public records advocate in 2018 as part of a campaign to improve transparency, but her office stymied the chance of that happening, according to advocate Ginger McCall, who said in her resignation letter Monday that she was pressured to act secretly in the governor’s best interests.

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Orange County Leaders Accused of Stifling Public Debate on Homelessness

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the Orange County, California, Board of Supervisors of forcing residents to wait several hours before they can comment at board meetings and intentionally moving the public comment time to “stifle debate and shield county officials from criticism.”

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California Lawmaker Introduces ‘Sunshine Week’ Transparency Bills

It was a tale of two San Diegos this week as a state assemblyman Thursday introduced two bills aimed at increasing government transparency following the public backlash which led a state senator earlier in the week to kill a bill he’d written with the city attorney which would have made it harder to recover attorney’s fees under the California Public Records Act.

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