Calif. Supreme Court Rules Land Database Is A Public Record

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (July 8, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled Orange County, Calif., must turn over geographic information system data to the Sierra Club because such databases are public records that, unless otherwise exempt, must be produced upon request.

In June 2007, the Sierra Club sent a letter to the Orange County Assessor requesting a copy of a database of information about land parcels in a geographic information system, or GIS, file format, pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The county offered to provide the information, but not the GIS format. It said if the Sierra Club wanted the GIS file, it would...

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