California’s

Awareness

Milestones

Brown Act requires open meetings in local government

Bagley-Keene Act requires open meetings in state government

Public Records Act protects access to state and local records

State Constitution protects journalists’ confidential sources

State Constitution guarantees access to public meetings, records

State’s Court System opens its administrative records to public scrutiny

State Constitution amended to require more transparency in the Legislature

Who We Are:

Fighters for Your Rights and Freedoms

We help citizens, public servants and journalists in California. We are a nonprofit organization, established to keep Californians aware of what they need to know to hold government and other powerful institutions accountable for their actions.  Our mission is to support and defend open government, an enquiring press and a citizenry free to exchange facts and opinions on public issues.

In short, Californians Aware is a center for information, guidance and initiatives in public forum law.

CalAware’s prompt and expert legal advice not only helps me do my job, but helps me pass on that expertise to readers who are facing their own barriers to public access.

Thy Vo, Reporter, Voice of OC, Orange County

CalAware has been a tremendous resource to both me personally and our news organization. It is often the first entity we call when looking for sources or counsel on Brown Act and First Amendment issues, and has contributed mightily to our award winning coverage of Humboldt County. We are very grateful to have CalAware to turn to.

Thadeus Greenson, News Editor, North Coast Journal

Support our cause and get exclusive benefits such as access to our knowledge base, forums and help with records requests! Become a member today!

What We Do

Helping People Understand their Public Forum Rights

I’m a newspaper reporter and a government watchdog in Dixon. I’m a member of CalAware, and it helped me understand my rights as a reporter and as citizen in order to hold government accountable and keep them open and transparent.

Ourania Riddle, Dixon

Access to records

of state and local government agencies and courts

Freedom to speak

associate, assemble and petition for or against change.

Access to meetings

of public officials in state and local government

Freedom to report

facts ideas and opinions in old and new media

Freedom from fear

for whistleblowing to the authorities or the press

Californians Aware

is here for you. Join us and become a member today.

We are a nonprofit organization. Your generous donation helps us in our mission.

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CalAware

TODAY

Jassy Vick Carolan LLP

Profile Duffy Carolan has been representing news organizations and citizens seeking to hold their government accountable through the public records act and open meetings laws for nearly three decades. With offices in Northern and Southern California, she litigates...

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PAUL NICHOLAS BOYLAN

Profile The range of my experience gives me the edge on getting results. I am an adjunct professor of law at two universities. I am a negotiator, a litigator and an appellate attorney. I practice in administrative, state and federal courts. I am a governmental affairs...

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See our top 10 law summaries

CalAware General Counsel Terry Francke has created brief annotated lists of the top 10 things you need to know about California's public forum law.  Each of these is in PDF format, and will download to your computer.  Please note the copyright and contact us if you'd...

read more

Find out how to support our mission

Membership Become a member of CalAware with a tax-deductible contribution that gives you special access to members-only areas of our site. Donations Already a member and want to give a little more?  Not a member, but want to give anyway?  Do it here! The Rich McKee...

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CalAware

IN THE NEWS

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CalAware

IN ACTION

Jassy Vick Carolan LLP

Profile Duffy Carolan has been representing news organizations and citizens seeking to hold their government accountable through the public records act and open meetings laws for nearly three decades. With offices in Northern and Southern California, she litigates...

read more

PAUL NICHOLAS BOYLAN

Profile The range of my experience gives me the edge on getting results. I am an adjunct professor of law at two universities. I am a negotiator, a litigator and an appellate attorney. I practice in administrative, state and federal courts. I am a governmental affairs...

read more

See our top 10 law summaries

CalAware General Counsel Terry Francke has created brief annotated lists of the top 10 things you need to know about California's public forum law.  Each of these is in PDF format, and will download to your computer.  Please note the copyright and contact us if you'd...

read more

Find out how to support our mission

Membership Become a member of CalAware with a tax-deductible contribution that gives you special access to members-only areas of our site. Donations Already a member and want to give a little more?  Not a member, but want to give anyway?  Do it here! The Rich McKee...

read more
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