I hadn’t heard about that before, very interesting. Based on the 2015 LA Times article I read, which was based on an AP report, it sounds like Brown’s report was put together based from existing public data. The map in it was the unusual thing, if one of the people quoted in the article is correct.
The thing is, if Brown requested information per public records, that isn’t wrong per se. We all have a right access well information and can do so here:
The AP article is a little vague about his actual request though. I also wish it provided more information. There’s a difference between surveyors examining his property and just collecting public data via shape files etc. It’s also possible, since the request came from the governor, staff did a little extra on their own. Having worked in the legislative sphere, I can attest to the difference in information presented if it came from the Speaker’s Office or a committee versus a legislative aid. Some follow up reporting would be nice, whatever the case.
Either way, very interesting. Thanks.