City of Santa Clara Improves Access to Public Records through New Online Portal
Searchable archive of Public Records Act requests now available on SantaClaraCA.gov
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Today, the City of Santa Clara unveiled a Public Records Acts Request online portal that gives the public unprecedented insight into the number of public records requests the City responds to monthly.
Now, with the click of a mouse, the public can access a searchable archive of responsive documents to California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests. The searchable archive will contain CPRA requests starting from today’s date and will grow as the City receives future requests. A summary of closed public records requests, submitted to the City since January 2019, are also available online. The portal’s available at SantaClaraCA.gov/publicrecords.
“For the first time, anyone will be able to see the high number of public record requests that are made to the City,” said Deanna J. Santana, City Manager. “This effort provides greater transparency to the community as well as improves internal efficiencies for processing these requests. I want to acknowledge our employees who spent countless hours transforming our manual processes into modern, web-based ones, especially staff in the City Clerk’s Office who spearheaded this complex project.”
The portal also makes it easier to request public records through an online form.
The City’s portal is powered by NextRequest which is used by government agencies throughout the U.S. including City of San Diego and City of San Francisco.
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.