Passage of SB-40 is a meaningful step in the right direction for Colorado, but people who care about government transparency and access to government records must be vigilant. You need to let your legislators know that you expect utmost transparency and accountability in response to those who would argue that the Legislature should reduce access to public records.
Visit Estes Park reacts to calls for transparency as though they were an attack on the organization itself. It has stated that it is a transparent board, but has made recent moves to cut off access for the press to its board members, has turned public comment into an after thought at the end of the meetings and reacted harshly when board member Charley Dickey shared routine emails about scheduling a board meeting with the Mayor, and thus with the public at large.
The Open Meetings Act requires advance notice for all meetings in which a quorum is present and some action is taken. Our position is that properly noticing the meeting would include specifying what the meeting is about.
Last year, fake news websites had about twice as much influence on the media landscape as fact-checking websites did, according to a new study co-authored by a CU Boulder researcher.
The new communications strategy, which wasn’t publicly announced, was revealed in more than 200 pages of emails that it took the Gazette three years to obtain under the Freedom of Information Act. The newspaper sought the records while investigating athlete misconduct that put 32 players under scrutiny for acts including drug use and sexual assault.
Saguache County commissioners approved a measure Thursday to purchase recording equipment and make audio recordings of their meetings, which then can be made available to those unable to attend during the week.
Transparency is a myth and worse yet the Chair has requested Board communication secrecy. Perception is that there is something we are hiding.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann is defending her decision to decline criminal charges for the city’s police chief and deputy chief in the face of criticism from her predecessor and the police union.
Internal emails among the Longmont Housing Authority reveal an attempt to have a secret meeting one week after media attention ended Constitutionally questionable searches of apartments.
Chief Robert White and Deputy Chief Matt Murray are accused of trying to prevent the public release of a letter that then-District Attorney Mitch Morrissey wrote to White claiming Murray’s mismanagement of a case led to a “wrongful arrest and public exposure of an innocent woman.”