The California State Legislature adopted the Public Records Act in 1968. It is designed to give the public access to information in the possession of public agencies. The Act also provides that public records shall be open for inspection during regular office hours of the agency. The public can inspect or receive a copy of any record unless the record is exempted from disclosure under the act.
How do I make a Public Records request?
To open a new public record request, click on the Request Public Records icon below. You can also conduct a search of our Council File Management System, which contains reports, ordinances, and other documents pending consideration or acted on by the City Council.
Who can initiate a Public Records request?
Anyone may initiate a request for public records.
What type of information can I request?
Public Record requests from the Office of the City Clerk may include a wide variety of documents and other materials (including print, photographic, and electronic formats) that were created or obtained by the department and are, at the time the request is filed, in the department's possession and control. The Public Records Act excludes certain categories of records from disclosure.
How soon must a city agency respond to my request?
The California Public Records Act requires an Agency to provide a response to the public records request within 10 calendar days.
How much will I be charged for my request?
Documents and materials within the possession of the Office of the City Clerk that are available in electronic format will be provided without charge, when feasible. Fees for paper copies are ten cents per page, unless the requested document has an established statutory fee. The cost of CDs or DVDs and audio tapes will vary depending on the specific request.