While the California Public Records Act (CPRA) requires government agencies to make their records public, there are no penalties for noncompliance, allowing some governments to shroud their affairs in secrecy.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, sought to fix this via Assembly Bill 1479, which would have added a penalty provision to the CPRA.
Unfortunately, government unions — led by the California Professional Firefighters — were fiercely opposed to the bill, resulting in its inevitable demise.
That’s how things roll in Sacramento. If you want to pass bills, you have to get the votes.