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The League of California Cities has asked Newsom to suspend mandatory response deadlines statewide.“We are hoping for flexibility given the tremendous strain currently on local governments,” League of California Cities spokesperson Kayla Woods said in a statement, citing "limited staffing or IT capability during this unprecedented public health emergency.”
“City councils throughout the state are doing everything they can to prioritize the health and safety of their residents during this global pandemic, and to also ensure government transparency, access, and public participation,” Kayla Woods, executive communications specialist with the League of California Cities, said in an email.
Unfortunately, citing hardships caused by virus response demands, the League of California Cities has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend the California Public Records Act, which sets guidelines under which government agencies must respond to requests for information. The league says the suspension wouldn’t apply to record requests relating to government actions related to the coronavirus crisis. But given that by the league’s own account, the virus is putting tremendous strain on government resources, nearly all requests are likely to involve city actions affected by the pandemic.