The Mayor's Office's Discussion of the City Council's Subpoena Effort

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From: Jonathan Cohn

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents (including but not limited to emails, including all attachments thereto) created, sent, or received by any person (including on any personal email account) on List A below, during the period July 14, 2015 through July 24, 2015, inclusive, concerning Boston 2024 or containing any term (not case-sensitive) on List B below (note the request to search for misspellings of "subpoena"):

List A
Daniel Koh
Joyce Linehan
Laura Oggeri
Patrick Brophy
Meghan Aldridge
Bonnie McGilpin

List B
subpoena
subpeona
tito
olympics
2024
bid
1.0
2.0
chapter
chapters
redacted
unredacted

This request should be construed to exclude all emails sent by the email address googlealerts-noreply@google.com and all State House News Service alerts (but not forwards of such alerts). It should also exclude the daily “media clippings”/ “press clippings” emails distributed to the full staff of the Mayor’s Office.

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,

Jonathan Cohn

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 25, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Press Office

Good morning,

Please consider this email confirmation of receipt.

Thank you,
Press Office

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

From: Alexis Tkachuk

Jonathan,

I looked into the past searches and was told it was because you provided four separate searches. Two of the searches resulted in the same emails so we could easily remove that batch. We can't remove duplicates in one search.

I have attached a numbers breakdown for you regarding your search.

Thanks,

Alexis

Alexis M. Tkachuk, Esq.

From: Jonathan Cohn

Hi Alexis,

How about we take out the Meghan Aldridge part of the request? That would make 658 emails at a cost of $579.04, correct? I should be able to get that to you by Labor Day then.

Thanks,
Jonathan

From: Muckrock

Please see the enclosed check of $579.04 for the below referenced request.

Thanks

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 25, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Mayor's Office

After reviewing these emails, the City withheld 31 emails per the deliberative process/policy exemption of the public records law. These emails concern several policy topics that are still in the planning and research phase, including development proposals, transportation initiatives, affordable housing initiatives, and other potential economic development issues. The City recognizes that these records will no longer be exempt from disclosure once the policy discussed is enacted.

The City has also withheld 121 emails as attorney-client communication. These emails consist of communication with counsel in which legal advice is discussed regarding the Olympics subpoena, insurance issues, and active (unrelated) litigation. The search also pulled in several emails related to public records requests, including your own, in which legal advice is sought.

From: Mayor's Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Alexis Tkachuk

This request was fulfilled weeks ago and the recipient confirmed receipt.

Alexis M. Tkachuk, Esq.

Chief of Staff

City of Boston Law Department

City Hall, Room 615

Boston, MA 02201

(617) 635-4066

Alexis.Tkachuk@boston.gov

From: Jonathan Cohn

Hi Alexis,

Sorry about this auto-response. I think it went out since I'm still waiting for a few attachments to come in, but I have an ongoing thread with Caroline on that. This one should be formally closed within the next few days.

Best,
Jonathan

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