Joshua Freed e-mail with mayors/managers since 2016-09-01 (Bellevue)

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Bellevue City Manager's Office of Bellevue, WA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

PRR-569-2017

Est. Completion Sept. 22, 2017
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

## Background ##

On September 15, 2016, Seattle's, Auburn's, Renton's and King County's [Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force][1] issued a set of [recommendations][2] comprising a strategy for confronting the region's growing heroin and opioid epidemic. The recommendations focused on prevention, increasing access to treatment on demand, and reducing the number of fatal overdoses. Among those recommendations was that a pilot project be initiated with the establishment of two supervised consumption spaces--public health facilities also known by several other names, including community health engagement locations, in which people living with substance use disorder would be allowed to use otherwise-prohibited drugs in a clean environment that provides supervision, medical assistance, and connections to health care and long-term treatment. The task force recommended that for the pilot program, one of these facilities be located in Seattle and the other be located elsewhere in King County. About four months later, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine formally [accepted all recommendations][3] issued by the task force.

[1]: <http://kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/mental-health-substance-abuse/task-forces/heroin-opiates-task-force.aspx>
[2]: <http://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2016/September/15-heroin-opioid-task-force-report.aspx>
[3]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/seattle-king-county-move-to-create-2-injection-sites-for-drug-users/>

On May 11, 2017, a public initiative to ban supervised consumption sites in King County was [announced][4]. Chief sponsor of the proposed initiative (I-27) is Bothell City Council member Joshua Freed. The campaign formed a political action committee called Impaction, and Freed was later [reported][5] as the top donor to the PAC, having contributed $40,000 to it.

[4]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/initiative-proposed-to-ban-heroin-safe-injection-sites-in-king-county/>
[5]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/injectionsites-signatures/>

In an e-mail dated August 18, 2017, Andy Rheaume, mayor of Bothell, Washington, wrote to Joshua Freed, former mayor and current member of Bothell City Council, reporting that Mr. Freed had previously sent both inaccurate and misleading information about supervised consumption sites to unspecified mayors in multiple King County cities:

> Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:34:52 +0000
> From Andy Rheaume <Andy.Rheaume@bothellwa.gov>
> To: Joshua Freed <Joshua.Freed@bothellwa.gov>,
> Jennifer Phillips <jennifer.phillips@bothellwa.gov>,
> Tris Samberg <Tris.Samberg@bothellwa.gov>,
> Paul Byrne <Paul.Byrne@bothellwa.gov>
> Subject: Re: Heroin Injection Sites
>
> Josh,
>
> Its completely inaaprioate for you to dictate to the city manager and the
> mayor when and how agenda items will be scheduled. Please review the council
> protocol manual. In addition, from what I understand from other mayors,
> cities have no need to adopt a ban on injection sites based on the language
> of the king county council ordinance.
>
> The city manager responsibility is to determine what the staff can handle. It
> is not appropriate for an individual council member to direct a city manager,
> and to think its OK to have a council member write an ordinance for council
> consideration.
>
> You sent an email to king county mayors other than me, indicating that the
> Bothell City Council will ban injection sites in September. The Bothell City
> Council has not weighed in on this issue in any way. For this fact alone, you
> do not have my support to have this added to any agenda while you are on
> council.
>
> Andy Rheaume
> Mayor of Bothell

## Request ##

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request all e-mail correspondence between Joshua Freed and your city's mayor and/or city manager since September 1, 2016. This should include messages to or from any e-mail address used by Mr. Freed, either public or private (e.g., joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us, joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov, joshuafreed@mac.com, info@impacwa.com, etc.) This should include but not be limited to any of the messages cited by Bothell mayor Andy Rheaume when he wrote of Mr. Freed's messages to various King County mayors that reportedly contained both inaccurate information and misleading information pertaining to plans for supervised drug consumption sites or to the potential banning thereof.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: Bellvue Mayor's Office

Good morning Phil,
This e-mail is to confirm that The City of Bellevue has received a Public Records Request from you for information pursuant to the Washington Public Disclosure Act, Ch. 42.56 RCW. Your new Public Disclosure Request file number is PRR-569-2017, which will help us locate your information if you contact us for an update. We are working on your request and estimate that a response will be available on or about September 22, 2017.
We understand that you are interested in reviewing:

All e-mail correspondence between Joshua Freed and Bellevue's Mayor and/or City Manager, September 1, 2016 through September 12. 2017, regarding plans for a supervised drug consumption site or potential banning thereof.

This should include messages to or from any e-mail address used by Mr. Freed, either public or private (e.g., joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us, joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov, joshuafreed@mac.com, info@impacwa.com, etc.)

This should include but not be limited to any of the messages cited by Bothell mayor Andy Rheaume when he wrote of Mr. Freed's messages to various King County mayors that reportedly contained both inaccurate information and misleading information pertaining to plans for supervised drug consumption sites or to the potential banning thereof.

We are working with the Mayor's office and the City Manager's office to identify responsive records.
We are also search the city's email server using the following search terms:
9/1/2016 - 9/12/2017
Keyword: "Josh Freed"
Keyword: " Joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us<mailto:Joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us> "
Keyword: " Joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov<mailto:Joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov> "
Keyword: "joshuafreed@mac.com"
Keyword: " info@impacwa.com<mailto:info@impacwa.com> "

If additional clarification is needed or there is any change to our response timeline, I will be sure to let you know. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the processing of your request.

Thank you,

Katherine A. Ebner
Public Records Officer
City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425)452-4283

From: Bellvue Mayor's Office

Good morning Phil,
We have conducted a search of our city email server as well as asked the Mayor, City Manager and their staff to conduct a search of email correspondence to or from Joshua Freed using the search criteria I previously gave you, and found no responsive records.

I believe this fulfills your request and it will now be closed.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions or comments.

Thank you,

Katherine A. Ebner
Public Records Officer
City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425)452-4283

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From: Phil Mocek

Dear Ms. Ebner,

I received your e-mail of September 23. Assuming that your search criterion, "josh freed" would have also caught messages containing "joshua freed" (vs. shortened Josh), that sounds like a thorough search to me, and I appreciate your thoroughness.

FYI, I have received from other mayors the misleading message to which Mayor Rheaume referred in his August 18 admonishment, and in those cases, at least, the messages were addressed from "Joshua Freed <safekingcounty@gmail.com>" and were sent on or around August 16, 2017. Apparently, Mr. Freed targeted only a subset of mayors of cities in King County with his supervised consumption site disinformation campaign.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Bellvue Mayor's Office

Hi there,
Yes, "Josh" would have been picked up as well. Just to be sure, I ran the search again, with no responsive records.
I also searched for "safekingcounty" and safekingcounty@gmail.com<mailto:safekingcounty@gmail.com> with no results.

I the full spirit of disclosure, I have attached two emails that were results of the Joshua/Josh Freed searches, but they do not match the scope of your request, they are FYI.

Thanks so much,

Katherine A. Ebner
Public Records Officer
City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425)452-4283

From: Phil Mocek

Dear Ms. Ebner,

Thanks for going the extra mile!

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

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