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Where to draw line on public records? : California's high court tackles thorny topic of government workers' use of private devices for communication.

Community activist Ted Smith suspected backroom dealing at San Jose City Hall.

San Jose's former mayor was asking the City Council for government money to help develop a project downtown. Smith filed a public records request for all communications related to the development from elected officials and their staff.

The city responded, providing some records but maintaining that emails, texts and other communications sent by government employees on their private devices were not covered

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