Re: your March 12 article, â€śAgencies violate public access lawâ€?:
I canâ€™t help but wonder whether your story was more of a commentary on the â€¨culture of fear that we now find ourselves living in. In the case of the school districts, having someone show up at your office under mysterious circumstances and ask for your bossâ€™ employment contract is highly unusual, even if the contract is public record.
All companies have a heightened sense of security these days, and public â€¨agencies are under particular pressure. The Star has certainly tightened upâ€¨its own security. Years ago, the newsroom was open to the public. Now, you â€¨must sign in, wear a nametag and be let through a locked door if you wish to â€¨visit anyone.
Misunderstandings happen, and I would not read too much into this bit of â€¨reporting. Itâ€™s obvious public agencies can do a better job in instructing â€¨their employees on handling public records requests. But I would certainly â€¨not infer that anyone out there is willfully trying to cover anything up.
â€” Marie Lakin, Ventura