Power Politics Over Public Good?

No Transparency Without Open Books

And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

Last we checked, politicians work for us. So why is Sacramento preventing them from opening their calendars? What's there to hide?

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

From President Obama to Governor Brown, elected officials and appointed officials often publish their appointment schedules. California's Senate and Assembly actually forbid open calendars arguing, "privacy, security and legislative privilege" override our right to know.

We disagree.

The Legislature's own rules say, "access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business by the Legislature is a fundamental and necessary right."

This is about influence. Closed calendars provide no transparency, who gets time with the very politicians who write our laws and divy-up our tax dollars.

We join The Mercury News and others, in demanding openess in lawmakers' calendars

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