Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
Aguirre Backs Off Request for Information from KPBS
City Attorney Mike Aguirre today (Thursday, Nov. 15) rescinded a request he had made under the California Public Records Act for local public broadcasting station, KPBS, to provide information on its programming policies. He had spoken with a First Amendment attorney quoted in the Union-Tribune who had criticized him for the action. According to Aguirre, that attorney suggested KPBS release the records voluntarily. Aguirre says that another attorney quoted in the story said that the use of California Public Records Act was appropriate. The station receives state and federal money. That attorney had been critical of Aguirre, too. Among many things, Aguirre has sought to learn the influence of Copley Press over KPBS programming. Copley is a major donor, having contributed $2 million to help build the station's headquarters, along with other gifts. The public TV and radio building bears the Copley name.