Jessica A. Mejorado is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office. She provides legal advice and litigation support to local government clients in a variety of aspects of municipal law.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Mejorado served as a law fellow focusing on legal research and writing briefs to accompany petitions for veterans benefits to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She also advocated on behalf of veterans to military boards for discharge upgrades. She was instrumental in client interviews and case assessment in health law, intellectual property law, and complex civil litigation in her past roles. She was also an extern for Judge Consuelo Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Ms. Mejorado earned her Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Ms. Mejorado received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
March 2019Number 16A recent California appellate court ruling has clarified the reach of the California Public Records Act (CPRA). InAnderson-Barker v. City of Los Angeles, the Second District Court of Appeal held that records in the possession of a third party contractor under a contract with the City of Los Angeles were not subject to the CPRA where the city had access to but did not actually possess or control the records.BackgroundIn Anderson-Barker, the plaintiff sought to compel the cit...
February 2019Number 8Rarely are state and local government agencies permitted to charge for the labor that goes into responding to a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request. In National Lawyers Guild v. City of Hayward (2018) 27 Cal.App.5th 937, the First District Court of Appeal held that the City of Hayward was entitled to reimbursement of costs associated with necessary redactions of body camera footage to produce the non-exempt portions of footage requested under the CPRA. This case ...
August 2018Number 35The stakes of asking a court to halt the disclosure of documents sought under a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request just got higher for private parties. California appellate courts have handed down a pair of decisions holding that private parties who sue to prevent the government agency from disclosing their personal information may be required to pay the requester's attorney fees if they lose.BackgroundThe CPRA requires public entities to disclose public records ...
This podcast addresses the tension between protecting personal information and the obligation to disclose public records. Striking the wrong balance may burden either the local agency, or the individual employee, with significant costs. Hear how best to contend with the money pitfalls of the CPRA.