The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 30, 2010
Court Files: Prison officers' union sues state over records request

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Court Files posts introduce lawsuits of interest to state workers. We highlight the case, link you to the file and show you where to track developments on your own.

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Case No.: 34-2010-80000521
Filed: 4/23/2010
Petitioners: California Correctional Peace Officers' Association and Charles Alexander
Respondents: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Matthew Cate

Case summary: The union, citing the California Public Records Act, in February requested information on how much CDCR has spent litigating and settling lawsuits back to 2007. CCPOA says the department failed to respond, so the union is suing.

We contacted CDCR and asked a few questions:

  • Did the department in fact receive the request and fail to respond in a timely fashion?
  • If so, why did the department fail to respond?
  • Is the department going to respond now? Has the information requested been deemed exempt?

CDCR spokesman Paul Verke is checking. We'll let you know what we hear.


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