If L.A. Weekly editor Jill Stewart is gloating today, it’s for good reason:
Few court rulings over a Freedom of Information Act request ever come down tasting this sweet:
Apparently, when Weekly staffer Christine Pelisek asked the L.A. Dep’t. of Building and Safety to cough up a list of all 11,000 legal and illegal billboards in L.A., the city balked. And then the bureaucrats snitched to billboard monster ClearChannel, Stewart blogs.
ClearChannel sued to block the request, saying it would reveal “proprietary information.”
But this morning, a Superior Court judge ruled that list is public information, since it comes through a public permitting process – and ordered the city to deliver the list by Friday.
Just one question: What do the Building Dept. bureaucrats have to gain by blocking release of that list? Can’t wait to read the continuing coverage. This oughta be good.