Californians Aware has been pledged a gift of up to $10,000 to match whatever it can raise from other supporters by July 1.

Under the pledge, the donor will provide a check on May 1 matching whatever has been raised this month, on June 1 for the amount contributed in May, and on July 1 for the amount raised in June.

The donor, who’s asked to remain anonymous, says the pledge is meant “to help meet your $100,000 goal to put CalAware on a firm footing to allow you to do what you do best. Hopefully, if we’re successful by July 1, you can make your first $20,000, and then encourage another donor to match another $10,000 in the Summer; another in the Fall, etc.—until, hopefully, you’ve hit the $100,000 goal.”

CalAware President Tim Crews, winner of multiple awards for persistent and courageous reporting, called the pledge “an inspiring recognition of CalAware’s vital contribution to informed self-government in California.

“Unlike some other public interest organizations devoted to protecting civic rights and liberties, CalAware hasn’t seized on every political headline to ‘cry havoc’ unless it receives new funds.

“Instead we’re stressing opportunity in what we’ll call this ‘Spring Sunshine’ campaign—the promise of what our new and most generous donor calls a ‘firm footing’ toward sustainable public service.”

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California’s

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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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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

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of state and local government agencies and courts

Freedom to speak

associate, assemble and petition for or against change.

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of public officials in state and local government

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facts ideas and opinions in old and new media

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