Request #19-394

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act and the Vallejo Sunshine Ordinance (Ord. 1426 N.C.(2d) § 1 (part), 1999.), I hereby request the following records:

 - Emails, memoranda, contracts, purchase orders, invoices, and approval records for installations of hostile architecture (a.k.a. defensive architecture, hostile design, unpleasant design, exclusionary design, or defensive urban design) in the City of Vallejo during the last 5 years. The boulders that were installed along Wilson Ave. near Highway 37 around 2014 or 2015 to combat persistent homeless encampments may be considered an example of such tactics.

 - Any available statistics or high-level assessments of the homeless population in Vallejo by police or city officials, especially in materials presented to department heads or city council members in the last 5 years. In particular, I am looking for information about the methods of combatting homelessness in Vallejo as well as both the cost and efficacy of those methods.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I understand that complete fulfillment of this request may take longer than the 10 business day timeline specified by the statute since I am asking for records that may be held by several departments. In return for waiving the 10 business day timeline + 14-day extension, please provide a date that I may expect to receive the records.


Dan Rubins


July 1, 2019 via web


All Other Departments


Dan Rubins





Point of Contact

Melissa Rhodes

Request Closed Public

We have provided all records responsive to your request. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me at [insert phone #].

September 16, 2019, 5:42pm by Christine Wood
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With the documents provided the City believes that it has disclosed all records responsive to this request, and deems this request complete. Please feel free to contact us should you have any additional questions or concerns. Thank you.

September 16, 2019, 5:42pm by Christine Wood (Staff)
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We have located documents that appear to respond to your request. Those documents are being made available to you in electronic format through link below.

Please notify us if you have any problems accessing the documents through the above link. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

August 16, 2019, 5:30pm by Christine Wood (Staff)
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Ms. Chen,

Thanks for the timely acknowledgment. The production schedule you suggested is acceptable.


Dan Rubins

July 12, 2019, 5:42pm by the requester
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My office represents the City of Vallejo (the “City”) in connection with the City’s response to your PRA Request sent and received on July 1, 2019. I have been authorized by our client to provide a determination on your request for records.


The City has identified records that appear to respond to your request. As you are likely aware, the California Public Records Act permits a local agency to withhold from disclosure certain records that are exempt from disclosure. (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq.) The City will be reviewing and redacting or withholding records that fall into any applicable exemptions in accordance with the Public Records Act and any other state and federal law.


The Public Records Act requires the City to provide a written response when a records request is denied, either in whole or in part. (Gov. Code § 6255, subd. (b).) The Public Records Act also requires that notification of denial of any request for records must include the names and titles or positions of each person responsible for the denial. (Gov. Code § 6253, subd. (d).) With the name and title provided below, this correspondence fulfills both of the aforementioned legal requirements.


Given the volume of responsive records and the need to review those records for information exempt from disclosure under the PRA, the City will provide disclosable records to you subject to exemptions in accordance with the following production schedule: August 15, 2019 and September 15, 2019. If we are able to make the records available prior to the dates indicated above, we will do so. Likewise, if we require additional time to complete the review and redaction, if necessary, of the responsive documents, we will notify you in writing on or before the above listed dates.


Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns.


Samantha Chen


July 12, 2019, 12:03pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Request Published Public
July 1, 2019, 3:07pm by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
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All Other Departments
July 1, 2019, 2:17pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
July 1, 2019, 2:17pm