Melissa Hill

Does anyone have more experience with California Public Records Act and trying to get documents on an agency that participated in a National Security Event (i.e. a political convention, super bowl, etc..)? I received a denial letter of all materials that the California Highway Patrol may have regarding the 2016 Republican National Convention because it was a “National Security Event”. Any advice is welcomed.

Jack R-W

California has an almost blanket exemption for the police. It’s extremely hard to get anything.

Melissa Hill

Thank you Jack for your input. It also looks like the only way to appeal a rejection decision made by an agency is to file a lawsuit. :-/

Jack R-W

California sucks, many other states have better laws for this type of request. Try WA, FL, or TX for better results.

Melissa Hill

Jack - Yes, I sent this exact same request to multiple agencies across different states so I am getting a variety of responses and quoted fees. I’ll be getting some of the documents soon from agencies that have been much more responsive and reasonable with their fees.

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