Request #19-400

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Materials provided to the independent auditor, the Pun Group, hired following the Federal prosecution of Vallejo city employee Donald Burton including:
- details of internal controls in place at the time of Mr. Burton’s arrest;
- details of changes to internal controls implemented since Mr. Burton’s arrest;
- invoices, purchase orders, contracts, written approvals and any related financial or legal documents related to Mr. Burton’s malfeasance.
Materials received from the Pun Group, like interim and final audit reports.
Communications between the Pun Group and any city employees or contractors, before or after the award of the independent audit engagement.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Dan Rubins

NOTE: this request was originally submitted to on June 17th, 2019 but received no response or acknowledgment.


July 8, 2019 via web


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Dan Rubins





Point of Contact

Melissa Rhodes

Document(s) Released Public
October 4, 2019, 3:07pm by Maria Razo
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19-400 Production 8-30-2019.pdf
August 30, 2019, 8:51pm by Samantha Chen
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Dear Mr. Rubins,


The City has identified records in its possession that appear to respond to your request. The first production of such responsive records is being made available to you today.


Some of these documents are not related to the Burton matter, but are general materials and communications between the City and the Pun Group.  For the second production, we'll try to produce materials that are more focused on and relevant to your request.


Also, please be advised that the City is withholding certain records from disclosure, in whole or in part, pursuant to the following exemptions:


  • Attorney-Client Privilege. Attorney-client communications are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Section 954 of the California Evidence Code, which is incorporated into the Public Records Act through California Government Code § 6254(k).


  • Personal Information Exemption. Certain personal information, such as personal addresses and phone numbers, cell phone numbers, personal email addresses and personal vehicle license plate numbers and VINs is protected by the privacy provisions of Article I, Section 1 of the California Constitution, incorporated into the Public Records Act through California Government Code Section 6254(k).


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 (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 (d).) With the name and title provided below, this correspondence fulfills both of the aforementioned legal requirements.


City staff are continuing to search for and review documents associated with your request, and will continue to provide responsive documents in batches by the next production date, 9/30/2019. If we are able to make the records available prior to the date indicated, 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 listed date.


Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns.  Thank you very much for your cooperation.


Samantha Chen



August 30, 2019, 8:51pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
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Clarification: with respect to communications between the Pun Group and the City of Vallejo, please limit the request to discussions and materials regarding the Burton matter and related audit.

August 6, 2019, 4:26pm by the requester
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Meet & Confer on Pending PRA Requests 7-18-19.pdf
July 18, 2019, 3:55pm by Samantha Chen
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Meet Confer on Pending PRA Requests 7-18-19.pdf
July 18, 2019, 3:35pm by Samantha Chen
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July 9, 2019, 1:26pm by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
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July 8, 2019, 11:49pm
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July 8, 2019, 11:49pm