Steven Greenhut on When Government Privileges Trump the Rights of Citizens


Democrats and Republicans in the California Legislature have once again broadcast this troubling fact: They are far more concerned about the ever-expanding demands of a relatively small group of public sector union members than they are about the public welfare of the citizenry. As Steven Greenhut reports, the latest outrage comes courtesy of AB 2299, a bill that would allow a broad swath of public officials—police, judges, and various public safety officials—to hide their names from public property records. So much for transparency and accountability. As Greenhut notes, the state is about to destroy the most significant source of public records, and create an open invitation to fraud and theft.