Recently, the San Diego Unified School District board voted to delete all emails older than one year. The decision was made despite pushback from reporters and some members of the public who argued that emails can hold vital information.

Under the California Public Records Act, documents from a government agency can be made public, with a few exceptions. The point is to ensure that members of the public have a clear view of the work being done on their behalf. Emails sent and received by public employees, including school employees, are public records.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Mario Koran and NBC 7’s Monica Dean explain the nuts and bolts of the California Public Records Act and detail how some public documents have been key to understanding decisions made by San Diego Unified and other public agencies.

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    Written by Adriana Heldiz

    Adriana Heldiz is Voice of San Diego’s Assistant Digital Manager. She makes videos and helps manage the organization’s online presence. Adriana can be reached at