Friday, September 29, 2006

CA First Amendment Coalition

I just got back from the first round of sessions from the California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC) Assembly at UC Berkeley. There were two sessions this evening. The first was on students and school newspapers and MySpace. The second was on access to public meetings. It was neat to hear from so many journalists and see their enthusiasm. The most interesting part was hearing from the Bert Robinson the Assistant Managing Editor of the Mercury News and how that paper is trying to get sunshine reform laws passed here. Some journalists do not agree in taking such an active role in politics, but as Robinson said, if there is anything that journalists can get involved in, it is gaining access to public officials, meetings and records. This is an important time in San Jose as we work on reforming our local government and providing a way to clear city hall of some of its ethical problems.

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