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Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPs)

This web site is dedicated to enabling citizens to provide needed oversight to our democracy.

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Engage officials in public meetings
Record public meetings
Hold feet to the fire
Sixth grader speaks to School Board.
Press Conferences
Rallies and Protests
We must, as citizens, provide oversight of our local governmental bodies. They can't be trusted to oversee themselves. You can help! Read how here: COPs Program

Active Projects:

Issue Oversight
Govt Oversight:
Infrastructure Project:

Find out about COPS: Click here for a printable copy of our brochure (PDF FILE). Read this page to catch up on our projects for last year: Citizens Oversight Status Update 2016


Stop Nuke Dump project -- Settlement Announced on August 28, 2017

SCE Agrees to work to move the nuclear waste from the San Onofre location. It remains our position that the local ISFSI should never be used.


Block AB-840, the bill to gut CA election audits

After we won our lawsuit regarding performing the one percent manual tally audit, CACEO, the California Assn of Clerks and Election Officials modified an innocuous bill on August 24, after all hearings and public comment had been completed, to reduce the one percent manual tally so no counties would attempt to include any ballots after the "semi-final canvass" which includes the early VBM and polling place ballots, but leaves out about 40% of the ballots from the audit process, all later VBM and provisionals. Please help us contact the legislature and governor to block AB-840. See the topic below.


Election Oversight

Citizens' Oversight is expanding our election oversight scope to the entire US! However, we will be focused primarily on the TOP 175 counties in the nation, comprising more than 50% of registered voters, and then secondly turning our attention to the TOP 20% of the the top 20% of the states (i.e. the top ten states).

CPUC and San Onofre

Federal Lawsuit Filed

With the help of the law firm of Aguirre & Severson LLP, Citizens Oversight has filed a federal lawsuit on the UNCONSTITUTIONAL "taking" of ratepayer funds without delivering power.

Rampant Corruption

We have obtained more than 7,200 pages of emails and other correspondence as a result of the CPRA (California Public Records Act) request by the City of San Bruno regarding the PG&E Gas Line Explosion in San Bruno in 2010, which killed 8, injured scores, and demolished city blocks in San Bruno. These emails show a pattern of close coordination between the CPUC -- the California Public Utilities Commission -- and the utilities they are supposed to regulate, including PG&E. We are still digesting these but an initial reading shows a pattern of collusion to manipulate stock prices, coordinate press releases, shop for judges and rig the proceedings to benefit the utilities. We believe this culture of corruption goes beyond isolated incidents and is a systemic in extent.

COPs acts as umbrella organization for Coalition to Decommission San Onofre as a party to the investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission, which is still an ongoing concern despite the recent announcement of a shutdown at San Onofre!
  • WE WIN! Southern California Edison has announced a permanent shutdown at San Onofre! Read more: Shut San Onofre
  • Stop The Unfair Settlement-- Please help us stop the unfair San Onofre settlement. See this page for ideas on how you can help!
  • Community Engagement Panel (CEP) -- CDSO pushed for this group to be set up and they set it up!
    • Just completed this meeting: May 22, 6-9pm at The Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills
    • Will be a workshop sometime in June, and then another big meeting in August. These will be processing the PSDAR (Post Shutdown Activities Report) and the DCE (Detailed Cost Estimate).

  • Water Fluoridation -- We need help to get the word out that water fluoridation does not help improve dental health, and puts our children (and us!) at risk.
    • Want a free copy of the DVD Fluoridegate? Please contact us and we will send you a copy!

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Recent Changes: Media Topics

Recent Changes: Other topics

  • Ballot Access Lawsuit - Background This lawsuit was filed due to our request to view ballots was denied by the Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu. The goal of this request and the first few ...
  • Manual Tally Issues - Latest News Request for information and public records sent to the Registrar of Voters on November 20, 2008. * SanDiegoCountyCanvassProcedure An attempt to ...
  • Easy Voting - Project Overview This project is to fight against election scams bent on voter suppression. A number of the popular suppression schemes range from laws that suppress ...
  • Donate To Citizens Oversight - * Thanks for your support! (Return to main page) DonateToCitizensOversight We are a 501c3, tax exempt organization. You can deduct any contributions you make from ...
  • Voter Registration - VoterRegistration This topic is intended to collect our knowledge about our local voter registration effort. See also: Common.StudentOutreach This Activity is Very ...
  • Westfield Parkway Plaza Mall - WestfieldParkwayPlazaMall Common.VoterRegistration Location. See PruneYard Vs. Robins Supreme Court case. * Letter_to_Westfield_Parkway_re_Voter_Registration ...
  • Grossmont College - GrossmontCollege Common.VoterRegistration Location. Directions and map:
  • Grossmont Center Mall - GrossmontCenterMall 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942 Common.VoterRegistration Location. Main.RaymondLutz 18 Jun 2008
  • Cuyamaca College - CuyamacaCollege Common.VoterRegistration Location. Communication Arts Center theater seats 350 Digital theater Seats about 100.
  • Washington State University Press -


See COPs Program for a list of all projects and an overview of our project concept.

Collaboration Areas

References and Resources

  • Nine Eleven - A starting place for investigating the truth and missing pieces behind the events of 9/11
  • Relevant Links - Links to other web sites that are important resources or cooperative organizations.
  • Meeting Places - Venues where meetings are sometimes held, directions, maps.
  • All Contacts - People and groups that have been defined.

Other Stuff

  • Basic Instructions - When you first start using this wiki to report on a strange event, I will refer you to this topic to get you started!
  • Wiki Usage Tips - Some secrets about using this wiki
  • How To Upload Using FTP - If you have large files to upload (videos, presentations), these instructions will walk you through it!

Common Web Utilities

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