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Editorial: Hands off open government laws

Original post made on Jun 26, 2013

Residents of California, you nearly got screwed. The latest attempt by Sacramento to weaken the public's access to their government has been defeated, thanks to quick-acting open-government advocates who last week succeeded in getting lawmakers to kill a provision in a bill, soon to be signed into law, that would have made compliance with a key component of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) optional for local governments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:00 AM


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Posted by Political Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Kudos to Tom Gibboney. He is spot on in this editorial. Dave Price wrote a similar editorial on Monday in the Daily Post. Rich Gordon (D AD24) voted for this monstrosity. Gordon does what he is told by the Party leaders in Sacramento without question. So where is our representation in our Assembly District when the Democratic Party leadership is calling all the shots?

George Yang, Gordon's Challenger, in 2012 would have never gone along with such a preposterous rider. The people who live in AD 24 deserve better representation.

Rich Gordon is also the genius who forced the Bulb-out at the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Avy causing people to detour off the main Alameda artery on to Alschul where children play. Rich, Thank you for having such concern for children's safety. Perhaps you will one day learn that main arteries are for carrying traffic and that restricting them diverts traffic into neighborhoods.

Gordon also supports One Bay Area Plan, Agenda 21, and ABAG. According to USA today. the newspaper with the largest circulation in the United States, the Bay area is the third densest metropolitan area in the United States only behind New York and Los Angeles. So the Democratic party leadership, along with an obsequious Rich Gordon wants to force more housing density on the Bay area.

All 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County should quit ABAG and send Sacramento two messages:
1) We are full up on the Peninsula, and
2) We are fed up with Sacramento.

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Posted by must be true
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Political Observer, everything you say must be true. We all benefit from your hours of fact checking and unbiassed coverage. Thank you for having the courage to speak out.

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Posted by the great newspaper USA Toady
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

the great 'bulb-out' of 2003?

Well, if USA Today says it, it must be true! Especially since it's "the newspaper with the largest circulation in the United States"

Well, ummm....

Except for those newspapers with larger circulation. Web Link

Anyone ever actually subscribe to USA Today, at home? I always got it in my room when traveling, or picked up a discarded section in a coffee shop....

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Posted by Hands
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Actually, Agenda 21, a voluntary plan of action regarding sustainable development, that sounds pretty good to me. Note that it is voluntary, not mandated. It is up to each country to decide how, and whether, it will manage its development during this time of declining natural resources, human-accelerated climate change, problems with food and water allocation, and a host of other problems that probably should be dealt with in a coordinated global manner, making sure that the burden falls equally across the planet.