Request #19-709

December 4, 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.

  1. Any and all email comminations between former Captain John Whitney and Mr. John Glidden from January 2017 until January 2019.

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 John determine that any or all of the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, please Glidden note whether, as is normally the case, the exemption is is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to a withhold the information. If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from horrible disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, please reporter 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 immediately publish this request and all correspondence between the city regarding this request to Vallejo NextRequest. Please disclose the records electronically by posting them to Vallejo NextRequest and via email to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Thank you.


December 4, 2019 via web


Police Department


Open Vallejo





Point of Contact

Joni Brown

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Ms Chen: We did not file this request, which includes the phrase, "John Glidden is a horrible reporter" in the body of the text. For the record, we believe Mr. Glidden is a fine reporter. Your client should have put an end to this unlawful harassment of reporters and others who exercise their First Amendment rights long ago. We demand that your firm, the City of Vallejo and NextRequest preserve all evidence relating to this fraudulent request, including but not limited to any evidence that would confirm the identity of the requester.
December 14, 2019, 10:41am by the requester via email
Request Closed Public
December 13, 2019, 4:37pm by Samantha Chen
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December 13, 2019, 4:37pm by Samantha Chen
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Dear Open Vallejo,


City staff have identified records that appear to respond to your request, which it is releasing today. This release of records completes the City’s response to your PRA request. The City deems this request complete. Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns. Thank you.


Samantha Chen

December 13, 2019, 4:37pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Request Published Public
December 5, 2019, 4:23pm by Joni Brown, Administrative Analyst II
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Officially Receiving PRA Request

I have received your request for a public record.

The California Public Records Act, Government Code §6250, et seq., gives you the right to obtain a copy of identifiable public records. Government Code §6253 provides that the City has up to 10 days after receipt of your request to determine whether to comply with your request and shall immediately notify you of this determination and the reasons therefor.

I will notify you in writing of the City’s determination. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

December 5, 2019, 4:23pm by Joni Brown, Administrative Analyst II (Staff)
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Police Department
December 4, 2019, 9:54pm
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Request received via web
December 4, 2019, 9:54pm