I—David Cortright—am a taxpayer residing within the Los Altos School District. My tax dollars help to fund the public schools there. I believe I have a right to not only inspect testimony given in a public court proceeding relevant to the finances of these public schools, but also to share, discuss, and debate with other interested members of the community. Solo private inspection would prevent my ability to do this. Given that Bullis Charter School is asking taxpayers such as myself to pay them $1.5 million in attorney fees claiming that the outcome of this lawsuit was in the broad public interest, I am confused as to why they would fight to prevent public access to information relevant to that claim.
Although I'm not a lawyer or legal expert, I don't believe I need to give any justification for me to exercise my constitutional right that matters pertaining to government must be open and accessible to all. When BCS holds board meetings, anyone can attend and if they so choose video record the meeting and disseminate that recording publicly. BCS has itself just this month published video of Ken Moore clearly identifying him by name to promote their school. Countless government officials who serve might prefer to keep a lower profile, yet by taking on these positions they are knowingly placing themselves in the public domain.