Humboldt County announced last Thursday that it will release records that the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights sued for last year.
The decision came after the state supreme court on Wednesday denied a Los Angeles County petition to review a similar case involving the California Public Records Act.
County counsel Wendy Chaitin said the county would comply with an appellate court decision that ordered Los Angeles County to release similar records.
”That's the law as it stands now,” she said. “We have the full intention of complying with the request.”
Chaitin said releasing the records - which show the costs of retaining outside counsel in pending litigation - was previously a gray area in California law.
”That's the first time we have a public appellate decision on point,” she said. “It's always our position we're gonna comply with the law.”
The county and HumCPR, a property rights organization, will meet again for a case management hearing on March 6.
”We'll go in and explain to the court that we gave the records,” Chaitin said. “Hopefully, it'll be resolved without any further litigation.”
The Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights filed its lawsuit nearly one year ago asking the county to release the costs of retaining outside counsel for pending property rights litigation.
Humboldt County counsel had said that it was protecting the county under a valid exemption of the CPRA, and argued in court documents that releasing the information could jeopardize pending litigation.