CNPA Mission Statement

To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.

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Legislative & Legal

Legislative & Legal

CNPA’s governmental affairs staff serves as a protector and advocate for the California newspaper industry at the state capitol

Governmental Affairs

The mission of the CNPA Governmental Affairs Committee shall be to enhance and protect the right to gather and publish the news as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I of the California Constitution; to advance the interest of all Californians in the transparency of government operations; to improve the legal and regulatory environment for the business of publishing newspapers and to inform and educate members and the public of their rights and responsibilities under the law.

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CNPA encourages members, who want their staff to know the latest developments regarding access to government agency meetings and records, public notices, advertising, First Amendment and other newspaper-related issues, to forward the Legislative Bulletin to their staff and sign them up to receive it.

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Being stonewalled by an agency? Charged outrageous fees for access? Simply ignored? CNPA is collecting information about how the California Public Records Act is working for reporters on the ground. Please share this email with your newsroom, and ask your editors and reporters to participate.

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Public Notice California

Public Notice California is a compilation of public notices published throughout the state of California. You will find notices from throughout California 24 hours a day, seven days a week about foreclosures, hearings, advertisements for bids, financial reports, ordinances and information about other government, business and judicial activities that are legally required to be published.

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Use this button to promote Public Notices

Please consider posting this button to direct readers to your newspaper’s public notices that you have posted to (Right click on the image above to download the image.) CNPA believes this service makes a bold statement that newspapers are doing everything possible to serve the public by both printing and publishing public notices in newspapers widely distributed in the community and also aggregating all public notices in a searchable format on the internet. If your company is not yet uploading its notices to the site, please contact Simon Birch at CNPA right away.

Email CNPA Director of Member Services Simon Birch


Tom Newton, Executive Director, 916-288-6015
Jim Ewert, General Counsel, 916-288-6013
Brittney Barsotti, Staff Attorney, 916-288-6006
Tamara Warta, Legislative Assistant, 916-288-6018

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