Public data vs. privacy

By From page A4 | August 20, 2013

A few weeks ago I emailed three candidates for the 4th Assembly District: Bill Dodd, Dan Wolk and Joe Krovoza (I couldn’t find a valid email for the other two). My question was pretty simple: Would you support legislation to remove individual state employee salaries and CalPERS pensions from the requirement for public records? I explained that with ongoing concern for privacy and identity theft, and the potential for scams — or worse — targeting individuals, this personal information should not be public.

Only Dodd saw fit to respond, as follows (in part): “I believe that the personal names of employees should not be able to be used in public. An alternative would be to use only job positions or classification to describe the amount of salaries and benefits paid to employees. Of course the reason the current policy is in place is for transparency in government. I believe that (t)his attempt at transparency goes too far, and could be harmful to government employees and would be amenable to changing the policy.”

Bill Dodd will get my and my wife’s votes, and a contribution. Other voters in the 4th District may be interested in this issue, and Dodd’s stance on it.

Ralph Finch


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