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

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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

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IN THE NEWS

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    VoiceofOCOC Public Works to Evict Homeless from the Honda Center Side of the Santa Ana RiverbankVoiceofOCAs Voice of OC's reported, Terry Francke, general counsel to the open government nonprofit Californians Aware and Voice of OC's open government and public records consultant, claimed there was “unlawful secrecy” during the June board meeting.und weitere »... Read more »
  • Trump sued by people he blocked on Twitter - The Mercury News
    The Mercury NewsTrump sued by people he blocked on TwitterThe Mercury News“The POTUS account is unmistakably designated as a medium of the president of the United States,” said Terry Francke, general counsel for Californians Aware, in a phone interview Tuesday. “But something with Trump's name on it is pretty unmistakably ...und weitere »... Read more »
  • Santa Ana Police Had No Right to Expect Privacy During a Pot Shop Raid: Court of Appeal - VoiceofOC
    VoiceofOCSanta Ana Police Had No Right to Expect Privacy During a Pot Shop Raid: Court of AppealVoiceofOCCalifornia's Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that police officers raiding an unlicensed marijuana dispensary suffered no injury to their privacy rights when a closed circuit video camera recorded their actions, because although they believed ...... Read more »
  • Spiking San Diego Unified's email deletion plan a start - The San Diego Union-Tribune
    The San Diego Union-TribuneSpiking San Diego Unified's email deletion plan a startThe San Diego Union-TribuneAttorney Terry Francke of Californians Aware, perhaps the leading expert on state open-government laws, says it is illegal to delete emails before three years, per the Education Code. Yet in a letter to Francke, district general counsel Andra M ...... Read more »
  • Former Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Mark Rocha Lands New Job - Pasadena Now
    Pasadena NowFormer Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Mark Rocha Lands New JobPasadena NowHe was paid over $403,000 by the PCC Board of Trustees, but the settlement was overturned in April 2015 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell after Californians Aware filed a lawsuit against the payoff. Rocha was required to return the ...und weitere »... Read more »

CalAware

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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