Request #20-24
  Closed

January 9, 2020

 

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. A copy of each public records request on Vallejo’s NextRequest instance, any disclosures thereto, for which access to the request is limited to staff the requester. This includes all correspondence with the requester.

 

You may limit your search to records possessed by the City of Vallejo at any point since July 1, 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 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 2015 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 records@openvallejo.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

 

Thank you.


Received

January 9, 2020 via web


Departments

All Other Departments


Requester

Open Vallejo

Documents

Public

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Staff

Point of Contact

Samantha Chen

Request Closed Public

 

February 24, 2020, 10:29am by Samantha Chen
External Message Public
Dear Ms. Chen, Setting requests and disclosed records to "public" is an acceptable manner in which to fulfill our request. Thank you.
February 3, 2020, 5:27pm by the requester via email
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Please see the released email where City staff are reminded to "publish" each request on NextRequest.  Additionally, all items in NextRequest assigned to the City's PD labeled "requester and staff" have been changed to "public" in visibility.

 

Given this information, please let us know if there are additional records you seek by this Friday, February 7.  Having City staff go through each records request and providing a copy of each request where access is limited would be an enormous use of City resources.  Alternatively, a staff member can go through each records request and change the setting to public.

February 3, 2020, 4:56pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Document(s) Released Public
Reminder to PRA Coordinators on Visibility of Requests on NextRequest.pdf
February 3, 2020, 4:42pm by Samantha Chen
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The City has received your PRA request.

 

Your request will require City staff to search for, collect and examine a large number of documents to locate responsive records. Under the PRA, a request which creates a need to search for, collect and appropriately examine a “voluminous amount of separate and distinct records” is one of the conditions that creates “unusual circumstances.” (Government Code section 6253(c)(2).) Under such circumstances, the City may take an extension of the standard 10-day time period provided under the PRA for making its determination on a request for records.

 

In accordance with the above quoted section of the PRA, please be advised this letter serves as written notice that the City is taking an extension of the standard 10 day time period for providing its determination on the items you have requested. We will notify you in writing with a determination on your request no later than February 3, 2020.  Thank you for your patience, and please feel free to contact me at should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Samantha Chen

for BEST BEST & KRIEGER LLP

January 19, 2020, 11:32pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Request Published Public
January 10, 2020, 9:55am by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
Department Assignment Public
All Other Departments
January 9, 2020, 7:15pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
January 9, 2020, 7:15pm