The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether police officers' and other government employees' pay is a public record in a case. Two newspapers sued Oakland last year after the city refused to release the names and salaries of employees it paid more than $100,000 a year. After two court rulings that government worker pay is public information, the city released the records. But police officer and engineer unions asked the state Supreme Court to review the rulings.
Top state court to hear case on public records, Contra Costa Times, July 29, 2005.