California ignores public records request, keeps coronavirus data hidden


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Aug 6, 2012
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Just wow.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, despite months-long promises of transparency in his coronavirus decisions, has been keeping secret the data his administration is using to drive state-implemented lockdowns.

On May 28, the Center for American Liberty (CAL) filed a public records request to the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency seeking the science and data that Newsom used to drive lockdown decisions from Oct. 1, 2019 until that day. CAL executive director Mark Trammell said the state had pointed the CAL back to the state website, and withheld other data under a "deliberative process" exception, used to exempt the state from its duty to release public records.

Under Newsom’s lockdown order, indoor religious services are strictly forbidden. Trammell said they had, for example, requested data explaining why such services were forbidden while other retailers remained open. "If it’s safe enough to go to a marijuana dispensary or Macy’s or Costco that same standard should apply to parishioners in our congregation they should be able to sep in pews and wear a mask," Trammell told Fox News in an interview.


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Dec 22, 2018
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Well they do have a web site which provides information. It is perfectly legal doctrine "Deliberative process privilege" that everyone uses. They can select what they will release. He determine what will be released and what is not. The question of how much is transparent is up to him.

Still the supreme court remanded California ban back to the lower courts which seems to suggest that freedom of religion is more important that the pandemic. Reversing itself on a in decision to allow it but with the new girl now seem to have the votes to changed the previous decision. The governor will probably still fight it or tweak it.

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