City officials are claiming that they can keep the names of the candidates secret under the “deliberative process exemption.” What possible deliberations will be occurring between now and Wednesday morning?
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.
Apparently city officials believe that keeping the candidates a secret will somehow protect the integrity of the process. Baloney. How is this not a violation of the California Public Records Act?
CalSTRS, the state pension fund for public school teachers, has a major investment in a private-equity firm that in turn owns a company that owns Bushmaster Firearms International, which manufactured the rifle used in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Given how much is riding on this, why isn’t the county giving the public more of a chance to find out whether this new three-year labor contract provides the savings the county needs to get out of its pension/budget problems?