Communication and Information Regarding Newspaper Commentary

Jason Blanchette filed this request with the Boston Public Health Commission of Boston, MA.
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From: Jason Blanchette

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Please provide all emails and email attachments received and sent by the Boston Public Health Commission regarding communication with the below mentioned freelance writer regarding the below mentioned newspaper publication. On Saturday July 19, 2014, an article was published in the Boston Globe by freelance writer Luke O'Neil including an opinion in favor of extending bar hours in Boston, and in that article the writer and the Boston Globe included information and a graphic that was cited as originating from the Boston Public Health Commission. The writer acknowledged in a personal email having received the information from the Boston Public Health Commission. The July 19, 2014 publication in the Boston Globe was titled online as "Problems with late-night revelers are not caused by the time of day: Later last call." It was possibly first posted online on July 18 although dated online as July 19, 2014. The article can be viewed at this URL: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/07/18/problems-with-late-night-revelers-are-not-caused-time-day/2haouLtOBYknYX5FvsexDM/story.html

The title of the article in print was "Later last call: Problems with late-night revelers are not caused by the time of day" and can be found on page A11 in the July 19, 2014, copy of the Boston Globe.

Please provide all communication received from the aforementioned writer of the aforementioned article, and include email attachments such as the draft of the article sent by the writer to BPHC before the article's publication. Please include all communication sent to the aforementioned writer of the aforementioned article, and include email attachments such as the information that was cited in the aforementioned Boston Globe opinion article.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Blanchette

From: Manzi, Vanessa

Dear Mr. Blanchette:

Attached please find the Boston Public Health Commission's ("Commission") response to your March 18, 2015 request for copies of "all emails and email attachments received and sent by the Boston Public Health Commission regarding communication with Boston Globe's freelance writer Luke O'Neil regarding the article "Problems with late-night revelers are not caused by the time of day: Later last call" published on Saturday, July 19, 2014, which included information and a graphic that was cited as originating from the Boston Public Health Commission."

Regards,

Vanessa Manzi
Paralegal

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An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Manzi, Vanessa

Dear Mr. Blanchette:

Attached please find the Boston Public Health Commission's ("Commission") response to your March 18, 2015 request for copies of "all emails and email attachments received and sent by the Boston Public Health Commission regarding communication with Boston Globe's freelance writer Luke O'Neil regarding the article "Problems with late-night revelers are not caused by the time of day: Later last call" published on Saturday, July 19, 2014, which included information and a graphic that was cited as originating from the Boston Public Health Commission."

Regards,

Vanessa Manzi
Paralegal

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1010 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Direct Line: 617.534.2829
E-Fax: 857.288.2313
Main Number: 617.534.4322
Main Fax: 617.534.4255
VManzi@bphc.org<mailto:nakisha_skinner@bphc.org>
www.bphc.org<http://www.bphc.org/>

CONFIDENTIALITY AND INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE NOTICE:

The substance of this message, including any attachments, may be confidential, legally privileged and/or exempt from disclosure pursuant to Massachusetts law. It is intended solely for the addressee. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.

From: Jason Blanchette

Dear Boston Public Health Commission,

I appreciate these documents. However, I believe something is very likely missing.

As shown in the documents you sent to me, I see that at 3:57pm on 07/15/2014 Mr. O'Neil sent a message to McKenzie Ridings requesting the data spreadsheet used to compile the charts. Ms. Ridings responded that the analyst was out of the office. At 4:12pm on 07/15/2014, Mr. O'Neil then responded with a request to have the data sent when they can. That communication at 4:12pm on 07/15/2014 is the final communication provided to me in your response to my public records request. At some point, the Boston Globe obtained an Excel data sheet which was created at 10:26am on 07/16/2014 with the author listed as McKenzie Ridings and last modified at the same time it was created. The graph that was built from that BPHC data was posted on the Boston Globe website on July 18, 2015, and distributed in print in the Boston Globe on July 19, 2014. Mr. O'Neil seems to have been the primary person in contact with BPHC regarding data used for his article and throughout the communication between Mr. O’Neil and BPHC as shown to me through this public records request there was never a contact for the Boston Globe offered to BPHC by Mr. O’Neil, and as the author of the article it seems likely the data was transferred to Mr. O’Neil or perhaps Mr. O'Neil would have been notified that the data was sent directly to the Boston Globe.

I believe there are likely messages missing from the documents you attached. If you believe otherwise, an explanation of the apparent discrepancy I described would suffice.

Sincerely,
Jason Blanchette

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