A shipping association requested documents from the port agent for a few California ports under the Public Records Act [Government Code section 6250, et seq.]. A port agent refused and the association filed a Writ of Mandate, which the trial court granted and which order the Court of Appeal declined to overturn.
The California Public Records Act [Government Code section 6250 et seq.] provides that “a party” may file a petition for the issuance of an extraordinary writ to challenge an order of the trial court either directing or refusing disclosure under the Act. A group which advocates for open government successfully moved for the trial court to order disclosure of emails from the personal account of a city attorney pertaining to official business over a five year period.