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Burbank Fire Dept. returns from Station fire

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Burbank Firefighter Grant Coffin mans the hose while fellow firefighter Sean Combs assists behind during a demonstration this summer on the use of foams during brush fires.  (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Burbank firefighter Grant Coffin mans the hose while fellow firefighter Sean Combs assists during a demonstration this summer on the use of foams in brush fires. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

City executives this weekend announced that all Burbank Fire Department resources have returned from the Station Fire in Angeles National Forest.

Three engines, one battalion chief and a water tender were dispatched to assist in the 242-square mile blaze — the largest in Los Angeles County history — as part of the statewide mutual-aid system.

No evacuations were ordered this evening and 400 firefighters were released as the fire continued east and burned about five to eight miles south of Juniper Hills. No homes were threatened, but firefighters were deployed for overnight protection. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

City, Barlow release information on confidentiality of officer personnel files

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As promised, City Atty. Dennis Barlow on Tuesday released answers to four city generated questions including “Are personnel records confidential?” “How are the personnel records of public employees different from those in the private sector?” “How are the personnel records of police officers different from those of other public employees?” and “Are there exceptions to the rules which prohibit the disclosure of information contained in a police officer’s confidential personnel file?” See the document below:

Information on Confidentiality of Public Employee and Police Officer Personnel Files

1. Are personnel records confidential?

Yes. Under both the U.S. and California Constitutions, people have a generally recognized privacy right in many types of personal information including their personnel or employment records. An employee’s right of personal privacy is protected by these constitutional provisions from unwarranted invasions.

2. How are the personnel records of public employees different from those in the private sector?

The privacy rights of individuals who work for public agencies are modified in part by the California Public Records Act (CPRA). The cornerstone of the CPRA is the principal that openness in government is essential to the functioning of our democracy. In order to verify the accountability of public employees, the legislature has mandated that individuals must have access to many government files and documents. The CPRA does still recognize the privacy rights of individual in many types of records, and precludes the public disclosure of personnel or employment records where it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Access to government payroll information is an exception to this general exclusion from disclosure. The California Supreme Court has determined that disclosing the names of public employees and the amount of their salaries in response to a public records request, is not an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and that information should be disclosed if requested. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm