I represent clients in California on both sides of PRA litigation on a regular basis. I also utilize PRA requests regularly to gather information for other litigation.
California law requires meeting and conferring in good faith in a lot of areas. Face to face meetings are not required, and a declaration establishing the opposing side has refused, whether outright or unreasonable delay in responding, is generally sufficient. Usually a couple of calls over the course of a week would be sufficient. Such calls are often far more efficient in resolving disputes than you would think. The line between records subject to mandatory disclosure and those that are not can be quite unclear at times, and a conversation is more likely to lead to resolution of the dispute than an exchange of letters.
No, they didn?t. Inglewood authorized the destruction of files which could be legally destroyed. Depending on the files that would mean those 3 to 5 years old.
Public shaming only goes so far. His County Counsel probably told him he couldn?t charge for redacting.
The laws authorizing access to records via subpoenas predate most records in the possession of California public entities.
It does not apply, but it also does not matter. Under California law public entities cannot generally charge for the manpower involved in processing or redacting public records for release. Only the actual copying costs may be charged. I don?t believe 1421 contained any special provision in that regard.
They destroyed records over 5 years old. Existing law requires they be maintained for that long.
generally the agencies aren?t filing, the unions are.
Article I section 10, see the reference to ex post facto laws.
All this law does is designate that certain categories of documents are public documents which previously were not so categorized. Every public agency routinely purges documents because there is a cost to maintaining them. There are laws requiring retention of different types of documents for specified periods. If you want them kept longer, you have to come up with the storage and maintenance budget to do so.
The law does not say that all the documents you reference are public. In California personnel files are generally not public records outside of position and compensation. AB1421 made certain categories of personnel documents regarding peace officers public records. However, it is very limited in scope.