Editorial Staff

Gov. Brown and Sen. Steinberg Reverse Course to Restore Public Records Act

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, with Gov. Jerry Brown during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli)

After two days of public outcry Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez announced that the Senate will take up the revised Senate Bill 71, which removes changes to the California Public Records Act, passed by the Assembly. The passage of the changes to the PRA had generated a firestorm of criticism from open government advocates and media outlets up and down the state.

Anaheim Council Priorities: Tennis Anyone?

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UPDATED – While the priorities and antics of the current majority on the Anaheim City Council have been both entertaining and disturbing, the latest bit of budget news has us asking WTF? Someone on the Council directed staff to resurrect a $6.4 million budget allocation for the renovation of the Anaheim Tennis Center and Wagner House, a city-owned property that is not free to the public.

Kris Murray Majority in Anaheim Rejects Neighborhood Choice in Council Representation

Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

We are baffled at the decision Tuesday night of the Anaheim City Council to reject district level elections for council members as proposed by the citizen’s advisory committee. The 4-1 vote was led by Kris Murray, who had initially proposed the committee process last year as a solution in response to a voting rights lawsuit challenging the city’s current at-large council elections process.