Grand Jury Report: The Public Records Act In Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa Grand Jury has released a report (available here) which makes recommendations for expanding the right of the public to access public records. The report's summary follows:

The California Public Records Act (the “CPRA” or “Act”) is the law that ensures the public has access to records generated by public agencies.   The Act, however is complex and flawed.  Employees responsible for fulfilling CPRA requests do not always respond in the manner required by the law.   Contra Costa County has adopted a Better Government Ordinance; it allows the public even greater access to government records and information and clarifies some of the uncertainties of the ACT.    The practice of making public records available on a governmental entity’s website is an economical and practical means of complying with the Act.

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