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PD files Public Records Act request for names of council candidates

Here’s a copy of the Public Records Act request that we filed on Thursday afternoon. I’ll let you know what the response is. We hope to be able to report later today on who has filed to fill this vacancy on the Santa Rosa City Council.

-  Paul Gullixson

Terri Griffin
City Clerk, City of Santa Rosa
Re: Public Records Act Request

Dear Ms. Griffin,
Pursuant to those rights granted under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), we ask to have copies of the following, which we understand to be held by your department:
We would like the names of all individuals who have applied to fill the current vacancy on the Santa Rosa City Council and copies of all completed application packets submitted as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. We also request all the names of those who have asked for and been given application packets. We ask that this information be made available before the close of business Friday. We would request that the names and information of those who file after Friday to be made available by noon on Tuesday, as we understand city offices will be closed on Monday.
We also ask for a quick determination on this request as the deadline for applications is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., and we see the public disclosure of this information before the filing deadline as critically important to determining who may or may not seek this appointment to an otherwise elected office. Because timing is critical, we would ask for the right to inspect these documents rather than wait for copies if you determine that it will take more than two hours to make duplicates. In hopes of hastening a response, we are sending a copy of this letter to City Manager Kathleen Millison and City Attorney Caroline Fowler.
If you determine that any or all or the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, we would ask that you provide notification citing the exact legal authority on which you rely and how it is exempt from the transparency obligations set forth in both the California Public Records Act and Proposition 59 passed by California voters in 2004. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Catherine Barnett
Executive Editor

Paul C. Gullixson
Editorial Director

3 Responses to “PD files Public Records Act request for names of council candidates”

  1. Caller says:

    @Kirstin – A piecemeal manner would have been terrible. The city knew better. Shame on the PD for recycling the same silly complaints in several articles over a few days.

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  2. Kirstin says:

    Quick correction to my previous post: every resident who is a registered voter can apply. :)

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  3. Kirstin says:

    @Paul Gullixson,

    I don’t see why you folks at the PD are opposed to waiting to announce all the applicants’ names simultaneously after the deadline has passed. I did notice on Twitter that someone or some group has suggested that you, Paul, should be appointed to the empty seat. I have no idea whether applying is of any interest to you. If it is, by all means — every Santa Rosa resident can go for it if they want to. But that aside, do you at the PD think that by reporting names in a piecemeal manner before the deadline that you will somehow influence the nominee pool? Do you think that if Santa Rosans knew so and so had applied that it could spark someone — possibly an opponent — to apply too? Is that it?

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