Six bills of interest to CalAware on Governor’s desk

September 30 is the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature before September 1.  Six bills affecting rights or protections of particular interest to Californians Aware—besides the three recently reported dealing with police...

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Court: Border Patrol needs better reasons for photo ban

By JW August, journalist and Past President of Californians Aware A lawsuit challenging what amounts to a No Photo Zone policy of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has a new lease on life.  An appellate court said U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan in San Diego...

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Bill nearing passage would tighten rules for teleconference meetings of state advisory bodies

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, among other things, requires a state body planning to hold a meeting or proceeding by teleconference to post agendas at all teleconference locations, to identify each teleconference location in the notice and agenda, and to make each...

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More democracy for the rulemakers often closest to home

Homeowner associations (condominiums, gated communities, etc.) are estimated to number more than 52,000  in the state and comprise over six million housing units, or approximately one quarter of the state's housing stock.  They are governed by elected resident boards...

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Budget trailer bill gives unions secret access to new public employees

In approving the 2018-2019 state budget last week, Governor Brown incidentally gave local government employee unions the right to rush new hires for membership at meetings kept secret from the public. That’s an important and extremely timely advantage for labor groups...

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