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Posts Tagged ‘Carmen Trutanich’

San Diego CityBeat Helps Launch Muckraking Public Info Site ‘Flashlight’

An interesting new web startup has just emerged from San Diego. Flashlight is a new partnership between reporters at the San Diego CityBeat and the public information advocacy site Open San Diego. The effort will create an indexed, easily accessible repository for various public records searches, and documents dug up during the course of journalistic reporting.

CityBeat reporter Dave Maass blogs about the effort:

When good-government advocates began pushing for transparency through public-records laws and ethics reform, they may not have full appreciated how the slow drip of information would accumulate, over just a few years, into great expansive seas of data and documents.  At the same time, we’ve reached a point where data sets and link sites are regularly becoming obsolete, too.
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Anti Paparazzi Bill Signed Into Law in California

AB 2479, the law which would impose strict penalties, even jailtime, on photographers who “recklessly” chase celebrities in vehicles or corner them on sidewalks, has been signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill was crafted by House Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass, with help from LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and it’s kind of an odd one, since reckless driving and false imprisonment are already crimes in California.

Hollywood is obviously pleased, but newspaper unions not so much.

“We don’t deny there’s a big problem, we just think that this particular bill is overly inclusive,” general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association Tom Newton told The Wrap last month. “I don’t represent paparazzi, I represent photojournalists and these folks drive cars. Under this law though, if you harbor an intent to capture an image then it appears to us you could be subjected to enhanced criminal prosecution.”

Previously on FBLA: California Assembly Passes Anti-Pap Law

LA City Attorney Debate Next Week at Town Hall

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We couldn’t think of anything nerdier to attend…and we cover Comic Con.

Carmen Trutanich, Environmental Attorney, and Jack Weiss, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 5th District, both vying for the office of city attorney in a well-publicized runoff race, will debate each other, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. The nonpartisan organizations TOWN HALL Los Angeles and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles will host the debate. KNBC’s Conan Nolan is the moderator.

All the info is here.