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Californians Aware is growing to better serve the citizens, public servants and journalists in California. Now more than ever, our mission to hold government and other powerful institutions accountable for their actions is so important.  Californians Aware is growing to better serve the citizens, public servants and journalists in California.  

California’s
Awareness
Milestones

Brown Act requires open meetings in local government

Bagley-Keene Act requires open meetings in state government

Public Records Act protects access to state and local records

State Constitution protects journalists’ confidential sources

State Constitution guarantees access to public meetings, records

State’s Court System opens its administrative records to public scrutiny

State Constitution amended to require more transparency in the Legislature

Who We Are:

Fighters for Your Rights and Freedoms

We help citizens, public servants and journalists in California. We are a nonprofit organization, established to keep Californians aware of what they need to know to hold government and other powerful institutions accountable for their actions.  Our mission is to support and defend open government, an enquiring press and a citizenry free to exchange facts and opinions on public issues.

In short, Californians Aware is a center for information, guidance and initiatives in public forum law.

CalAware’s prompt and expert legal advice not only helps me do my job, but helps me pass on that expertise to readers who are facing their own barriers to public access.

Thy Vo, Reporter, Voice of OC, Orange County

CalAware has been a tremendous resource to both me personally and our news organization. It is often the first entity we call when looking for sources or counsel on Brown Act and First Amendment issues, and has contributed mightily to our award winning coverage of Humboldt County. We are very grateful to have CalAware to turn to.

Thadeus Greenson, News Editor, North Coast Journal

Support our cause and get exclusive benefits such as access to our knowledge base, forums and help with records requests! Become a member today!

What We Do

Helping People Understand their Public Forum Rights

Public Forum Law protects your rights.  We fight the trends of excessive official secrecy, intimidation or retaliation and eroding opportunity.

I’m a newspaper reporter and a government watchdog in Dixon. I’m a member of CalAware, and it helped me understand my rights as a reporter and as citizen in order to hold government accountable and keep them open and transparent.

Ourania Riddle, Dixon

Access to records

of state and local government agencies and courts

Freedom to speak

associate, assemble and petition for or against change.

Access to meetings

of public officials in state and local government

Freedom to report

facts ideas and opinions in old and new media

Freedom from fear

for whistleblowing to the authorities or the press

Californians Aware

is here for you. Join us and become a member today.

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CalAware

TODAY

The other “me too” trend

A spectacularly self-dealing former Poway Unified School District superintendent pled guilty last week—but to only a misdemeanor, reports Ashly McGlone of Voice of San Diego.  Among other exercises in undue enrichment reported earlier was his insertion of “me too”...

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CalAware

IN THE NEWS

    Google News: "californians aware"

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  • Advocates question new San Diego Unified email policy - CBS 8 San Diego
    CBS 8 San DiegoAdvocates question new San Diego Unified email policyCBS 8 San DiegoSAN DIEGO (CNS) - Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year. Former San Diego ...und weitere »... Read more »
  • Wildomar leaders write letter opposing state's sanctuary law - Press-Enterprise
    Press-EnterpriseWildomar leaders write letter opposing state's sanctuary lawPress-EnterpriseTerry Francke, general counsel for the nonprofit Californians Aware, had similar concerns and asked why Wildomar would handle the topic differently than other cities. “Why did they need a closed session when almost no one else did?” he asked. Nordquist ...und weitere »... Read more »
  • WHY ARE COUNTY AND SANTEE DELETING EMAIL RECORDS SOONER THAN STATE LAW ALLOWS? - East County Magazine
    East County MagazineWHY ARE COUNTY AND SANTEE DELETING EMAIL RECORDS SOONER THAN STATE LAW ALLOWS?East County MagazineMarch 25, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – East County Magazine has reached out to officials in Santee and the County of San Diego after an investigative report by Voice of San Diego revealed that San Diego County is deleting emails after just 60 days, ...und weitere »... Read more »
  • These Cities Can Hardly Wait to Delete Their Records - Voice of San Diego
    Voice of San DiegoThese Cities Can Hardly Wait to Delete Their RecordsVoice of San Diego“It goes against what state law requires of them,” said Kelly Aviles, an attorney and vice president of transparency group Californians Aware, who reviewed Voice's findings. Emails in San Marcos, La Mesa, Vista, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, and National ...... Read more »

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IN ACTION

Ignoring Brown Act Meeting Rules  

CalAware has joined the Los Angeles Times in suing Metrolink, the Los Angeles area transportation agency, challenging the legality of an emergency teleconference meeting that Metrolink’s Board of Directors held in September 2015, where it discussed a single item of...

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