What Does This Mean and Why Should You Care?
Without open government we wouldn’t know about the issues occurring with our city and state government. With open government we keep informed and we can make educated decisions on matters of interest to each of us. Recent events in California demonstrate the importance of open government.
By filing petitions under the California Public Records Act, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times exposed information that would not have come to light otherwise. For example, the sprinklers being turned off during the Westfield Galleria fire in Roseville, and the exorbitant salaries and compensation paid to the Bell city government employees – all information that should be accessible because of open government.
On March 23, all individuals interested in learning more about open government and their role in assuring that government information is open to the general public will be gathering at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
Thomas W. Newton of the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Prof. John Cary Sims of Pacific McGeorge School of Law will be discussing open government during the Sacramento-Area “Sunshine Week” event at McGeorge School of Law on March 23, 2011, sponsored by Northern California library groups and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County. Taking place after the national Sunshine Week, this local event will feature a panel discussion and will allow audience members to view the national Sunshine Week web-cast sponsored by the American Society of News Editors. The general public is invited to discuss open government issues with the panel and area librarians.
You may view a PDF version of our tri-fold brochure at: http://is.gd/oc2PlY
Registration will be $20.00 / Students: $15.00.
Registration includes a continental breakfast & boxed lunch.
Registration deadline is March 20, 2011.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
8:30 am -1:30 pm
Where: Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Classroom D
3285 Fifth Avenue
(NW corner of 5th Ave & 33rd St)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Parking is free.
Thursday, March 17, 2011