Tag Archives: Public Records

Editorial: Texting slips through public records loophole

When a city councilor, school official or state worker sends a text message relating to the public’s business, it is a public record in Oregon. That’s a potential problem. State laws and policies haven’t caught up to the technology. Most public bodies in Oregon don’t automatically retain an archive of text messages, as they do […]
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How do Oregonians define government transparency in the digital age?

As a news media company, filing public records’ requests is automatic for us, and we get our dander up any time a public agency tries to interfere with the public’s right to know. Source: How do Oregonians define government transparency in the digital age?

Editorial: Brown’s move on records is troubling

The news is troubling for anyone concerned about the transparency and openness of Oregon state government: Gov. Kate Brown is considering new limits on what state employee information can be released to the public — and may end up proposing legislation to that end to the 2019 Legislature. Source: Editorial: Brown’s move on records is […]
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Editorial: Let voters decide

It appears Oregonians may be asked to vote on at least three tax-related ballot measures in November. One deserves opposition. The other two deserve your support. Source: Editorial: Let voters decide;

Editorial: BLM is again less than open about public records

Here’s a tale of two federal agencies — the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management — and how they handle releasing public information. Although neither agency would be mistaken for a patron saint of openness, the Forest Service can be open, while the BLM routinely practices concealment and delay. Source: Editorial: BLM is […]
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Shed some light on kneeling staff – Opinion

Eugene School District bureaucrats became alarmed recently when five Churchill High School staff members knelt during the playing of the national anthem at a student assembly, and promptly wrote a letter to each. At least two of the staff members groused to the Eugene School Board, urging the defense of free speech and democracy. District […]
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Portland’s three strikes on public records: Guest opinion

While many Oregonians are cheering on the Beavers in the College World Series, there is another game the City of Portland is playing with people seeking public records. On May 30, the Oregonian Editorial Board wrote about this issue in “Two strikes on public records; will city go for a third?” It did. And it […]
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Editorial: More secrecy from Salem

There are two Kate Browns at the head of Oregon government. One took office in 2015, promising to promote both transparency and trust in government. The Other Kate, meanwhile, has sought more than once either to silence government employees or keep information about them and what they do secret. Source: Editorial: More secrecy from Salem

Oregon Ethics Commission Considers Concealing, Destroying Public Recordings

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is supposed to be the watchdog for how public officials behave. They slapped big fines on former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, for breaching rules separating public service and private business. Ethics commissioners also review many lower-profile complaints involving teachers and bureaucrats — all with an eye toward protecting taxpayer resources. […]
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Editorial: DHS should inform the public about foster care

There are always going to be problems in a foster care system. The challenges foster children have are rarely easily solved. But Oregonians should not have a problem finding out what their government is doing about it. And it can be very difficult to get answers from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Despite the […]
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