Transparency

Councilwoman Kris Murray’s Transparency Measures for Boards and Commissions Approved

This came over the transom from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: In a big win for residents and open government, the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enhance transparency and expand public access for all city council-authorized boards, commissions and task forces. I called for this important change in our transparency measures when the mayor’s Welcoming Anaheim Task Force ...

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The Chief Simulates Trust and Transparency

[Using StingRays, the Anaheim Police Department] can locate, interfere with, and even intercept communications from cell phones and other wireless devices. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used such cell site simulator technology to track and locate phones and users since at least 1995” (Electronic Privacy Information Center, 2015). Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada released a statement yesterday “to provide ...

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StingRay: Government’s Violation of Privacy Continues

An article in yesterday’s New York Times further reveals the ​increasing ubiquitous ​use of governmental surveillance of cell phones of law-abiding citizens—belying the President’s commitment to unprecedented​ accountability, openness, and transparency in government: My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen ...

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Re-Elect Tom Tait Mayor: Why?

This week, the Orange County Register (OCR, 2014) endorsed the re-election of Tom Tait as Anaheim’s mayor, calling him the “best [candidate] to lead the city.” Examining the rationale presented in its endorsement, however, I found little to justify the paper’s support. The OCR cited Tait’s quelling anger and potential violence following riots during 2012 and supporting citizens’ oversight of ...

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Police Body Cameras Trump Privacy

  The loss of individual privacy worldwide is a residue of technology. Almost nothing can be kept secret anymore—even information never intended for others to see or read. Because we leave digital footprints each time we use a computer or talk on a cell phone, our writings and speech are monitored, collected, and analyzed by the ubiquitous National Security Agency. Moreover, ...

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Cops With Kodaks Will Not Increase Governmental Transparency

During the meeting of the Anaheim City Council last week, Mayor Tait commented on its approval to spend $1,100,000 for cameras to videotape police activities, a technology whose effectiveness has not yet been firmly established. Tait referred to “developing transparency, accountability, and trust throughout the community.” I was reminded of words spoken by another governmental official. “[I am] committed to ...

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Dark Money and San Francisco Bay Area Dollars Sole Financial Support for By-District Elections Campaign

Take a gander at the campaign finance report filed by the campaign to carve Anaheim into single-member council districts. Two things jump out beside the $101,100 in contributions: 93% of that total is the “dark money” hated by the progressives running this campaign  and not a penny of it comes from Anaheim – most is from Northern California. The biggest ...

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On The Public Record Act Request Front…

Public record act requests are a necessary and valuable means for citizens to obtain information from their government that isn’t ordinarily available. They are also a valuable tool for reporters, bloggers and opposition researchers to go on fishing expeditions for information they hope will be damaging to whomever it is they hope to damage. Anaheim City Hall receives large number ...

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Voice of OC Misses OCEA’s Hidden Hand

Anaheim Insider here. Did you see the Orange County Register article about how the Orange County Employees Association shuffled political funding through various PACs in order to disguise who was paying the campaign mailers? Among other things, OCEA gave a PAC called California Citizens for Fair Government $75,000 in start-up donations, and provided 81% of the PACs funding during its ...

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