Playing Politics

 

 

The district is delaying release of potentially embarrassing and damaging information until after the election.

 

Over a week has passed since the last board meeting. On Monday, I sent an email asking for the minutes to be posted.

 

The minutes of three previous meetings were approved by the board, with notable opposition, but the district sees fit to not post them on their website in the day or two it usually does.

 

Could have something to do with the No vote on approval and the comments that Commissioner Freitas did “not want to discuss in an open public meeting.”

 

And a Public Records Act request for a copy of the Budget/Finance/Audit Committee report, an internally produced document,  is withheld because the district estimates “that it will take up to 15 days to notify affected third parties”

 

Since the document requested was prepared by an internal committee, and contain information from another public agency, there is no justification for seeking a delay to “notify affected third parties.”


This is your Open and accessible government agency at work, folks.

 

Both of the withheld and delayed documents contain items of possible embarrassment to the district. Other documents are included in the delayed category, but I do not know what they are, yet.

 

And the district has decided to use tactics, possibly illegal, to delay the release  of information.

 

We are getting a raw deal from the administration, the existing Commissioners and their legal counsel, proven wrong an many previous occasions, some chronicled on this website.

 

Integrity is in question as Commissioners Gates and Fossos both try to blame the State Auditor for disparaging comments that appeared in a report prepared by the committee they are on.

 

Integrity is in question when the Police Chief sends an email to the  SKF&R Board of Commissioners, but only two commissioners ever receive a copy of the email.

Board Chairman Bill Gates decides to withhold the report from other board members, saying “It wasn’t addressed to you” even though the email was specifically sent to and intended for ALL board members.

 

Silence, delay and ignore all seem to be accepted practices in an agency that gives lip service to being open and accessible but instead works hard at hiding.

 

 

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October 31, 2011

To:              Mr. Jerry Galland

From:           Lauri Perry

Executive Assistant

______________________________________________________________________________

We have received your email dated October 25, 2011.  In your email, you made three (3) separate requests, each of which is addressed below.

 

1.    All documents included in the ‘Commissioners Packet’ which was provided for the commissioners at the board meeting October 25th 2011.

 

There are two (2) sets of information that meet this request, one(1) will be available for you to pick-up on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm and the other we estimate that it will take up to 15 days to notify affected third parties.  Information relevant to the second set of information will be available to pick-up on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm.

 

2.    If not included in the ‘Commissioners Packet’, I am requesting a complete copy of the revised Form 178 commissioners meeting and expense reimbursement form that was mentioned at the meeting today.

 

We will have this information ready for you to pick-up on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 3:30 pm.

 

3.    Copy of the audio recording for the October 25th regular board of commissioners meeting.

 

We will have this information ready for you to pick-up on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 3:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

From: Jerry Galland [mailto]
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 4:22 PM
To: Perry, Lauri
Subject: PRA records – Commissioners packet – claims form for commissioners 178?

 

Ms. Perry,

Public Records Request for copies of these documents:

 

-All documents included in the ‘Commissioners Packet’ which was provided for the commissioners at the board meeting October 25th 2011

-If not included in the ‘Commissioners Packet’, I am requesting a complete copy of the revised Form 178 commissioners meeting and expense reimbursement form that was mentioned at the meeting today.

-Copy of the audio recording for the October 25th regular board of commissioners meeting.

 

 

Should any of these records be withheld, please identify the specific exemption or other law which justifies the denial and explain how that exemption applies to this request.

 

Respectfully,

 

Jerry Galland

 

 

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