Request #19-460

July 31, 2019


To Whom It May Concern:


Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) (“CPRA”), the Vallejo Sunshine Ordinance, and all other applicable laws, please disclose the following records.


  • Any letter or other correspondence, other than a noticed motion, from City Attorney Claudia Quintana to Solano County Superior Court Presiding Judge John B. Ellis.

  • Any response from Judge Ellis and/or the Superior Court.


You may limit your search to records created since November 1, 2018. 


The fundamental rule of the CPRA is a presumption of public access. “In other words, [A]ll public records are subject to disclosure unless the Legislature has expressly provided to the contrary.” Williams v. Superior Court, 5 Cal. 4th 337 (1993). This presumption finds further support in the California Constitution, as amended by Proposition 59 in 2004. “A statute, court rule, or other authority, including those in effect on the effective date of this subdivision, shall be broadly construed if it furthers the people's right of access, and narrowly construed if it limits the right of access.” Cal. Const. Art. 1 § 3(b)(2).


Please provide a determination on this request within 10 days of your receipt of it, and an even prompter reply if you can make that determination without having to review the records in question. If you determine that any or all of the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, please note whether, as is normally the case, the exemption is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information. If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, please redact it for the time being and make the rest available as requested. In any event, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.


Please apply a fee waiver to this request. If the request for a fee waiver is denied, please provide notification of any duplication costs exceeding $20 before you duplicate the records. If the request for a fee waiver is denied, please further provide an index of all other requests since 2014 for which a fee waiver was denied, and the reason therefor.


Please disclose the requested record(s) electronically via email to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Thank you.


July 31, 2019 via web


All Other Departments


Open Vallejo





Point of Contact

Melissa Rhodes

External Message Public
Thank you.
August 13, 2019, 3:56pm by the requester via email
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Dear Open Vallejo,


My apologies, the March 21, 2019 letter is now disclosed.  It is indeed responsive to your request,  but was inadvertently omitted.  Thank you for your message.


Samantha Chen


August 13, 2019, 9:46am by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Document(s) Released Public
August 13, 2019, 9:38am by Samantha Chen
Request Closed Public


August 12, 2019, 3:31pm by Samantha Chen
Document(s) Released Public
August 12, 2019, 3:30pm by Samantha Chen
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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 31, 2019. I have been authorized by our client to provide a determination on your request for records


The City has located records responsive to this request, which it is releasing today. This release of records constitutes the City’s response to your PRA request. The City deems this request complete. Thank you.


Samantha Chen


August 12, 2019, 3:29pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Request Published Public
August 1, 2019, 10:12am by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
Department Assignment Public
All Other Departments
July 31, 2019, 6:04pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
July 31, 2019, 6:04pm