Email And Public Records Act?

The Leage of California cities addresses the tough questions: When is an email a public document? The answer might surprise you.

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September 12, 2000, 8:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"Incorporating e-mail into the work environment has had an amazing impact on the efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness with which business is done. In many cases, e-mail has replaced the interoffice memo and ended the frustrating game of “telephone tag” between employees. For local governments, e-mail has served another purpose — connecting citizens to their government. Through city websites and employee e-mail addresses, citizens can connect with their elected officials and city staffers. An e-mail message can be sent at the citizen’s convenience — regardless of office hours — and arrive almost immediately. And for elected officials, especially those who serve part time and do not keep office hours at city hall, responding to citizens by e-mail allows a timely, personal response. For many people, e-mail has replaced the telephone call. "

Thanks to Chris Steins

Tuesday, August 15, 2000 in League of California Cities News

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