Media’s “watchdog” role hampered by budget cuts

Government budget cuts are being blamed for a slowdown in releasing information requested under the state Public Records Act.

The word comes during “Sunshine Week,” an annual effort to promote open government and the public’s right to know.

“You can’t use the excuse of budget cuts to stifle the release of public information,” state Sen. Leland Yee, who has fought to improve access to government records, told told the Sacramento Bee.

The full report is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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