PUBLIC MEETINGS MONITORING 

Ask your local unit of the League of Women Voters of California if it maintains an Observer Corps to monitor local agency meetings for proper procedure, and if so, volunteer to join it.

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTING 

Ask your city, county, school district or special district—or California state agency—to provide access for you to review all Public Records Act requests received in the past year, and the written responses to them (not the records themselves). Report any interesting findings to CalAware. You don’t have to request copies—but can.

LEGISLATIVE REFORM 

Ask your California Assembly Member and/or Senator if she or he would introduce—or co-author—legislation to address one or more corrections to open government or free speech laws suggested by CalAware’s priority list.  Let CalAware know the response.

LOCAL TRANSPARENCY POLICY 

Review CalAware’s sunshine ordinance “how to” guide and draw up your own list of improvements for meetings and public information policies of your city council, county board of supervisors, school board or special district board. Ask CalAware to check your work for legal feasibility.  Circulate a petition asking the council or board to adopt the result as an ordinance (cities or counties) or bylaw (school or special districts).

POLITICAL CANDIDATE PLEDGE 

Ask all those who pull papers for any electoral office to take CalAware’s Sunshine Pledge—or explain why they refuse to do so.

POLICE TRANSPARENCY COMMITMENT 

Ask your sheriff and/or police chief to adopt and post CalAware’s Model Law Enforcement CPRA Policy—or explain why they refuse to do so.

STUDENT SPEECH/ PRESS PROTECTION 

Ask to see your school board’s written publications code governing student communications, required to be adopted by Education Code Section 48907. If there is none, remind the board that the adoption is mandatory, and inform CalAware.

WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS 

Suggest to anyone considering notifying the relevant authorities of improper or illegal conduct by their fellow workers or employer—or by anyone seeking to defraud the government—that he or she review CalAware’s Top 10 Things to Consider About Whistleblower Protections.