Friday, November 5, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Days after California voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to make government records more available to the public, a media-backed group is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to release all his appointment calendars, schedules and meeting logs since taking office last November.

The California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC), a group of journalists and civic activists formed in 1988, mailed the request to Mr. Schwarzenegger on Wednesday, the day Proposition 59 became part of the state constitution.

The measure requires judges to interpret state law broadly to allow the public access to state and local government documents and meetings. With no organized opposition, it passed with 83 percent support on Tuesday.

An aide to the governor said the Schwarzenegger administration had not seen the letter yesterday and had no immediate comment. The request requires a response from the governor within 10 days. A denial of the request by the governor could lead to lawsuits.

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