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Things to be covered in a local sunshine ordinance:

  • Search:
    • Websites containing public records must be completely and effectively searchable
    • They must all be indexed by all search engines
    • Something about the NR documents/requests search – they are useless
    • Thinking of FilmLA here as well.
  • Public comment:
    • No restrictions on content
    • Everybody gets to speak
    • Is there some way to make them pay attention? Probably not.
    • They can in fact respond to public comments
    • Committee hearings don't block comments at full Council
  • Special meetings
    • Allow comment same as regular meetings
    • Consideration in special committee meeting doesn't disallow comment at Council
  • Dedicated sunshine ordinance department handles requests of all City offices
  • Directly elected commission in charge of it, maybe Ethics Commission or maybe new commission
    • Commission should control IT functions related to records access like CFMS search
    • Commission can make rules for all departments related to transparency
    • Commission can pass ordinances relating to transparency (this might require very extensive changes and might not be worth the trouble)
    • Commission can propose non-amendable ordinances to Council like Ethics
    • If Council doesn't vote them down in 90 days (or some number) they automatically become law.
    • Maybe Sunshine Commission could overrule Council's veto?
  • Sanctions for noncompliance
    • Modeled on Ethics Commission's process
    • Who should pay fines?
    • What should be done with the money?
  • Appeal process before filing petition
    • Mandatory compliance with findings by City
    • But not by requester, who can still file a petition in court
  • Sunshine Commission will be the civil client in defending petitions
    • Decides when and how to settle cases
  • File formats
  • File transmission methods – publish all productions on web
  • Publish all pending requests
  • Publish stats about request handling, e.g. denials, pages produced, extraordinary circs claims, time to completion
  • Records retention:
    • Never delete electronic files including emails, texts, chats, video, etc
    • Don't destroy paper records without scanning them first
  • Chat, text, or other written electronic communications – never delete either.
  • Record all closed sessions – probably video
    • They all become public N years later, starting from disposition of case if applicable
  • Get rid of the deliberative process interpretation of 6255(a)
  • Require explicit statements of public interest considerations on both sides if invoking 6255(a)
  • Question answering – see SF law for requirement that City offices answer oral questions
  • This should apply to the entire City
    • Every department of course, even proprietary and police
    • LAUSD too if possible
    • BIDs as well and any other entities subject to Brown Act/CPRA by virtue of §54952(c)
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