Harris, Padilla shine light; citizens rejoice

The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday was a good day for informing the public. Two top state officials flipped virtual switches and flooded some dimly lit nooks of government with light. Voters will benefit. Streets will be safer. Social scientists and good-government advocates will be ecstatic. And the state didn’t spend an arm and a leg. Attorney General Kamala Harris took the simple but significant step of providing easily accessible online information about in-custody deaths, arrests and police officers killed in the line of duty. And Secretary of State Alex Padilla, working with the nonprofit Maplight.org, provided a search function on his website that will make it far easier for voters to track campaign contributions to state politicians and ballot measures. Read full article

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