The Contra Costa Times reports that it filed suit against the city of Oakland yesterday (July 22), demanding that it release the salaries of its employees along with their names. The suit in Alameda County Superior Court comes after the city on July 5 rejected a public records request the newspaper made in June for the names of all employees to whom the city paid more than $100,000 in 2003. Oakland refused to release the salaries with names, claiming that doing so would violate workers’ privacy. The city has released such information in the past. The Times sued as a growing number of California governments, from Oakland to BART to small cities, are refusing to release employee salary data.

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