Similar to FOIA, the California Public Records Act (CPRA) allows anyone to make a request to the California government for information not available via the public record. Like U.S. FOIA, the CPRA does not apply to the legislative branch (Assembly and Senate) or the judicial branch (courts).
Also see the CA Government Guide for additional sources, strategies and tips on finding information from the California Government.
Research into California state and local government activities can be supplemented by newspapers, which may provide some background, analysis and source information on a topic.
The guides below provide additional sources of CA newspapers:
The Ralph M. Brown Act (aka "The Brown Act") governs the public right's to attend local government meetings.
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (BKOMA) mandates agencies hold open meetings.
Oskicat can be very helpful in finding California government information. The best strategy is to use Oskicat's Advanced Keyword Search tab. Once at the Advanced Keyword Search screen, change the first drop-down to Author and enter California into the box next to it.
Leave the remaining boxes as Any Field and enter your search terms in those boxes (think of broad search terms for this step). You may also change the second box to Author and add the name of a particular agency to find publications from that agency. You also have the option to limit by date at the bottom of the search page, or UCB library location if needed.