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California Lawmakers Deny Request To View Calendars

May 9, 2011 by  

California lawmakers deny request to view calendar appointmentsThe Democratic-led California Legislature has determined that its appointment calendars should remain private.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the State Senate and Assembly have denied a joint request from The Associated Press, the Bay Area News Group and the First Amendment Coalition to gain access to the appointment calendars of lawmakers and their key staffers.

The rules committees in both chambers claimed that the release of calendars would be “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” which they say is protected by the Legislative Open Records Act. However, the governor of California and other elected officials have routinely released their calendars to show voters how public business is conducted, the news provider reported.

Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said that his group is considering a lawsuit. He claims that the Legislature’s interpretation of the law affirms that public officials in the Golden State are “not really accountable to anybody,” according to the media outlet.

A recent column in the Long Beach Press-Telegram alleges that the Legislative Open Records Act promotes secrecy, and it allows lawmakers to make deals with campaign donors and special interest groups.

Approximately 40 percent of the 4,294 bills introduced in the most recent legislative session in California were sponsored or written by lobbyist groups, according to the op-ed.

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  • Bob

    Politicians have become the new aristocracy: above the law and unaccountable to anyone except at election time. It is time to recognize that politicians are nothing more than a form a parasite and that they should be treated as such. It is time to strip them of all influence and power and to reduce them to what the founding fathers originally envisioned – public servants whose only job is to serve the people. Every minute of every day of the politicians life should be open to public scrutiny.

    • Disgusted

      Bob, you hit that nail squarely on the head. We are their employer therefore we should have access to anything and everything that their job entails, including their calendar. Our current President thinks he is a celebrity not a public servant.

    • 45caliber

      I agree. Even at election time, you aren’t supposed to tell the voters what they really did. We need to change that.

  • tim

    The voters of california are destroying thier own state by electing the same sad people. They come up with all these stupid laws! Then they move to other states and try to change the laws in those states too. We don’t want you here, stay in california!!!! Destroy the freedoms in your’e state, leave us alone!!!

    • Bob from Calif.

      Hey Tim I have been voting conservatively in California for the last 35 years. Believe me its tough living here with the Liberal Wackos that are controlling our state. Voter fraud has been exposed here and nothing has been done about it. Illegal aliens caught voting but yet still counted. Please do not count all of us in this state as a hinderance to liberty.

      • 45caliber

        Unfortunately, a lot are though. What gets me is that the very ones who okayed giving all that money away now can’t pay the taxes to do it so they go to another state and want them to pass the same laws.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Where are the pitchforks and torches?Oh yeah…they must be in the convenience closet at the Capitol in Sacramento.They dont let you break them out unless you are flying their union colors.But dont worry baby…everything will turn out all right.JUST ASK THE PROGRESSIVES!

  • Cliffystones

    Whoa Tim!

    I’m a Native of CA myself. When folks from elsewhere ask me how I ever put up with all of the “nut jobs”, I told them the sad fact that a very large percentage of those folks were self-imported from other states. The palm trees, progressivism and Hollywood seems to draw them in like moths to a porch light.

    Even Los Angeles was once a descent place to live. That’s why my parents moved there after WWII from Missouri. And all the factories used to be there; Cars, Steel, Copper pipe, glass, cardboard. Even skateboards and balls were made at a factory within bicycle riding distance of my house :). You name it. But then the “Progressives” gradually took over and used political correctness to keep objectors quiet, while forcing all the industries out. Some of us really tried to stick it out and put an end to the BS. But 25 years ago when we were screaming about issues like illegal aliens the rest of the country ignored what was happening. Now that there are large numbers of illegals in places like Minnesota and Georgia folks are starting to notice. But Mexico has already took back Southern California, and I for one want my children to grow up in the United States, at least what’s left of it.

    • Craig

      Right on the money!
      My Fender Bass and Strat were made in Ca. but now in another country for God’s sake. I almost cried when Briggs and Stratton moved to China….BRIGGS AND STRATTON was an American icon like baseball and freakin hot dogs.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Craig,
        I hope and pray it hasn’t happened to Tecumseh products yet!! I grew up real close to there and a lot of my friends fathers and mothers worked there!!

      • Bob from Calif.

        I worked at McDonnell Douglas until Bubba Clinton tore that company away from California. NAFTA, GAT, and the NWO has to go.

    • American Patriot

      From here on out make sure you DO NOT vote for any Latinos/Mexicans and their like. Their agenda is purely racist.

  • http://com i41

    Cliffstones, yes and most of the illegals are of the muslim ideology and will not abide by our rules of not killing and abusing the females. Illegal Mexicans are not far behind for the abuse and the breeding rates, time to start a neutoring program starting with prisonsand moving right in to welfare nesting spots, ID and neurtor all tyhe sires who don’t take care of their spawn, or just dispose of the pukes. Regressive deprevissives idoits are still working to destroy and make the USA a 3rd world crap hole country.

  • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

    Only one way to put the window in correctly. You have to install it.

    The Governing parties are unbeatable. Immigration cannot be enforced or reversed. Life does not begin at conception. If the majority agree with any of these statements or fail to act against any one of them. Then freedom will remain removed from them.

    Three action groups are listed at reformdc.com, you may be able to click on my name. The truth can be better served by offering active solutions. I urge you to join all three and pass the word.

  • 45caliber

    But if they were made to release those appointment calendars, everyone could see how often they met with their employers – the lobbiests.

  • crystal

    If California would separate the state (Blue – Los Angeles to San Francisco’s population is the most dense) and the rest of us (including the military bases) are pretty much conservative. This idea has been tossed around for awhile. Maybe California is due for a Civil War in order to split the state. As far as I’m concerned, the Blue region can keep the name California since the name is bring liberal to mind.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Sacramento is not conservative.It would be nicer if it were.Hey,no one in my neighborhood would likely complain if you divvied the state at the American river.South of the American….Mexifornia.Norte del rio Americana…..California.Mexifornia can keep San Franfreako….but north of the Golden Gate bridge can be California.California will keep Lake Tahoe as our new capitol,Mexifornia can keep Sackoftomatos the bastion of scumbag progressives that it is….and I will be happier than a midget in a miniskirt store….tell you what.

  • American Patriot

    Does anyone have any idea how we can turn this around and make the calendar available to the people? This just may be their way of passing laws that they know we won’t approve of; or be able to act upon. If we don’t know what they are working on or trying to get passed we can’t protest.
    It just may be time for a new revolution.

    • Cawmun Cents

      I’ll be there side by each with ya.

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