Request #20-71

February 4, 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.


  • All records relating to any “training ride” to the Nichelini Family Winery in Saint Helena, California by Lt. Michael Nichelini and several other uniformed officers on or about November 14, 2019. Responsive records may include, but are not limited to:

    • Computer-aided dispatch records
    • Dispatch audio
    • Internal and external emails, text messages, instant messages, or other communications
    • Calendar entries
    • Telephone message slips
    • Photographs or video
    • Requests for leave
    • Receipts, invoices, or similar records
    • Expense or reimbursement reports
    • City of Vallejo credit or debit card statements
    • Training records
    • GPS data
    • Records in which this ride was authorized, denied or otherwise discussed
    • Any record identifying officers who participated in the ride
    • Fleet maintenance records
    • Any policy relating to training rides using official fleet vehicles
    • Regular pay records
    • Overtime records


This request includes records involving private as well as public accounts, accounts and infrastructure. See, e.g., San Jose v. Superior Court, 2 Cal.5th 608 (2017) (holding that when a city employee uses a personal account to communicate about the conduct of public business, the writings may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act).


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 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Thank you.


February 4, 2020 via web


Police Department


Open Vallejo





Point of Contact

Joni Brown

Request Closed Public


February 28, 2020, 12:28pm by Samantha Chen
Document(s) Released Public
2019-11-13 Traffic Sworn.pdf
February 28, 2020, 12:22pm by Samantha Chen
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The City is disclosing the timesheets of the officers who attended the training and a record of the training from Lieutenant Nichelini.  The City did not locate any other records responsive to this request, including from searches of emails and calendars, and fleet maintenance records.   The City deems this request complete.  Thank you.

February 28, 2020, 12:18pm by Samantha Chen (Staff)
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Due to the City’s need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records to process your request, we will need additional time to search our records pursuant to Government Code § 6253(c)(2).  We will provide you a response on or by February 28, 2020.

Thank you.


Samantha Chen


February 15, 2020, 10:06am by Samantha Chen (Staff)
Department Assignment Public
Added: Police Department. Removed: All Other Departments.
February 4, 2020, 12:48pm by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
Request Published Public
February 4, 2020, 12:47pm by Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk
Department Assignment Public
All Other Departments
February 4, 2020, 12:29pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
February 4, 2020, 12:29pm