December 2022 update: In response to our lawsuit, the City promptly provided all of the requested public records and paid all of the legal costs we were forced to incur to compel […]
Fontana paid its city manager $1 million not to work
Transparent California Executive Director Robert Fellner: “The government can’t pay someone $1 million to not work without telling the taxpayers footing the bill why.” The City of Fontana: “Oh yea? Just watch […]
CalPERS $100K club up 173% since 2012, new data show
CalPERS issued 40,060 pension checks that were worth $100,000 or more on an annualized basis last year — up 12.5 percent from last year’s report and 173 percent since 2012. That’s according […]
After 225-day delay, South Pasadena produces records within 24 hours of being sued
The Pasadena Star-News published a nice report on another public records lawsuit we were forced to file, this time against the City of South Pasadena. After 225 days delaying production, the city produced all […]
We’re going to the CA Supreme Court!
Our public records lawsuit against CalPERS was recently dismissed by the 3rd District Court of Appeal. (If you are unfamiliar with this case, read this article.) The appeal was necessary after the […]
Fresno-area city sued for public records violation
After routinely complying with Transparent California’s annual request for employee pay data for more than half a decade, the City of Parlier is now refusing to provide this information for the 2019 […]
Pension Spiked: Largest in CA history?
Investigative reporter Jason Henry of the Southern California News Group has uncovered what I believe is the most egregious example of pension spiking in the state’s history. Over 99 percent of those serving as […]
Thank you for a great 2020!
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share some of the ways your support of Transparent California has helped us deliver on our mission of improving transparency in government. While […]
Courts need to do their job
An excellent article on our CalPERS lawsuit was published today by the Orange County Register. The article puts the issue of disability fraud in context, and provides a great overview of our […]
Appellate brief filed in CalPERS public records lawsuit
Today, Transparent California filed its opening appellate brief in its ongoing public records lawsuit against the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The government watchdog is asking the 3rd District Court of […]