Personal Email & Electronic Communications by Public Officials Not Considered Public Records, An Expanded LookPDF
William Adams' article, "Personal Email & Electronic Communications by Public Officials Not Considered Public Records, An Expanded Look," was published on April 9, 2014 in PublicCEO.
From the article...
"Armed with the California Public Records Act (CPRA), environmental activist Ted Smith submitted requests for production of 32 categories of public records involving specific correspondence between the San Jose Mayor, members of city council and their staff relating to a major city redevelopment project. The City of San Jose complied in part, producing all communications except voicemails, emails and text messages sent or received on private electronic devices. Smith sought declaratory relief, demanding that these public officials turn over the “exempted” communications."