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L.A. reaches settlement with First Amendment Coalition over retaining public records

L.A. reaches settlement with First Amendment Coalition over retaining public records

A legal battle over records tied to former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge has ended with the city reaching an agreement on retaining city documents.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the settlement with the First Amendment Coalition, a group that advocates for open government. The organization sued the city last year after it requested a range of emails and letters involving LaBonge and came up empty-handed.

The lawsuit accused L.A. of flouting the California Public Records Act and improperly destroying...

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