The Alameda County Superior Court system charges $1 a page, dropping to 50 cents each after five pages, to view court filings. Berkeleyside filed a Public Records Act request to learn more about why that is.
In a closed session Thursday, the City Council decided that a new police transparency law should apply to records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019, when the law came into effect.
City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply "to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019." This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
The city of Berkeley says it has no records of sexual assault or dishonesty-related police misconduct from the past five years and does not have to release use-of-force records from incidents before 2019.
A council majority approved a slightly revised version of the mayor’s proposal on arrest information at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting.
Two council members and the mayor are asking the city to limit the amount and type of arrest information released to the public. First Amendment experts say it's a slippery slope.
Many people say they're interested in what happens at Berkeley City Council meetings, but don't have time to go. So one man decided to try making the meetings more accessible.
The city of Berkeley is on a mission to improve its website, as well as to determine if there are more services it can offer online.
An Alameda County grand jury has criticized the city of Berkeley’s approach to municipal emails, which are automatically purged after 90 days unless employees manually take steps to save them.
The city of Berkeley has officially launched a new website featuring 17 data sets related to everything from municipal water usage and employee salaries to crime heat maps, energy consumption, restaurant inspections, registered business licenses and much more.
One of the strongest safeguards of open government is the California Public Records Act, but like any powerful instrument, it can cause great damage when abused.
The city of Berkeley says it will change its commission recommendation process after a community agency brought allegations of serious conflicts of interest during a recent bid for municipal funding.
The Berkeley Police Department has released two operational plans about protests in the city Dec. 6-7, but most of the wording was blacked out and redacted, so minimal information was revealed.