The American Society of News Editors which promotes free government, freedom of information and the public’s right to know claimed that budget cuts and furloughs were the reasons why release of vital information in California were delayed.
Consequently, public’s right to know was weakened by blocking investigative reports and diminishing the timeliness and scope of others.
Increasing fees caused the following employment information to be withheld from the public:
- Employees with criminal record at the Sacramento County Child Protective Services which included a registered sex offender; and
- List of employees at Sacramento County to verify a report that some managers were spared from last year’s massive layoffs.
California does not only suffer from increased unemployment rate but also from scarcity on public information.