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    The San Diego Union-TribuneCity housing officials decline to hand over IRS audit, recordsThe San Diego Union-TribuneAttorney Terry Francke, general counsel for open government advocacy group Californians Aware, said the exemption for employee files applies only in cases in which disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. He said he was ...... Read more »
  • County pension officials withhold legal invoices after divided court ruling - The San Diego Union-Tribune
    The San Diego Union-TribuneCounty pension officials withhold legal invoices after divided court rulingThe San Diego Union-Tribune“SDCERA has the discretion to release information,” said Frye, who also is a past president of the Californians Aware advocacy group. “I cannot see any harm resulting to the ongoing litigation by releasing, at a minimum, the total amount they have ...... Read more »
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    Los Angeles TimesIn a reversal, the Coliseum Commission seeks to expandLos Angeles Times“It certainly puts them in an awkward position if they only have three members and they want to hand something to a committee,” said Terry Francke, general counsel of the good-government group Californians Aware. Francke's group, together with The ...... Read more »



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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