- The California Public Records Act declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in the state because it gives the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. It is the county’s goal to provide the public with timely access to its public records. More information is available by visiting our user guide How to Request the County’s Public Records.
- There is no charge to review records; however, County policy permits the County to charge a fee to cover any duplication, electronic media, data system programming costs, and/or other applicable direct costs. Data system programming costs related to extracting, compiling, and displaying data are dependent on the request and the system on which data is stored, and will vary on a case-by-case basis. Mendocino County’s Master Fee Schedule.
Requests for records submitted through the Open Records Portal will be made publicly available (however, the identity and contact information of the request will not be made publicly available). Prior to public posting, requests will be reviewed and possibly edited or rejected, consistent with the following policy:
- Submissions will be edited to redact or remove sensitive and/or confidential information, such as social security numbers, dates of birth, or other information that disclosure of would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
- Any submission that is not a request for public records will not be posted; and
- Submissions containing profanity, obscenity, racial slurs, hate speech, or other discriminatory language will not be posted.