Tag Archives: Public Records

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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The Good Life of Oregon Governor Kate Brown

A killer whale sightseeing expedition in Canada; hundreds of expensive car washes; yoga, movies, and brewery tabs; and 4,000 items are redacted from the governor’s official calendar. You paid for it while Oregon Governor Kate Brown feigns transparency. If public records are any guide, then Oregon Governor Kate Brown is living the good life. Our auditors analyzed […]
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Portland Public Schools loses records secrecy lawsuit

A Multnomah County judge on Friday sided with a reporter and a parent seeking records that Portland Public Schools sought to keep hidden from public view. Source: Portland Public Schools loses records secrecy lawsuit

Editorial: Lawsuit has lessons for public agencies

The city of Portland lost Tuesday when Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem Thomas Christ dismissed its lawsuit against the Freedom Foundation. There were a couple of lessons in the defeat that should not be overlooked by other public agencies. The Freedom Foundation, a Washington state-based think tank that seeks to lessen the power […]
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PPS continues suit to deny records of paid leaves

Attorneys for the school district and this news organization submit arguments over denial of list of public employees who have been paid not to work. Source: PPS continues suit to deny records of paid leaves

Editorial: Public records, meetings laws protect us all

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.”― James Madison Government comes in for plenty […]
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