Steve Horn California Public Records Act Request - 6/30/20

Steve Horn filed this request with the Office of the Governor - California of California.
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From: Steve Horn

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1.) Any and all documents, communications or otherwise, that mention or address any of the following topics as it relates to internal agency communications or those between employees of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and those affiliated with the California Air Resources Board, California Strategic Growth Council, Livermore Lab Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory or Climateworks Foundation, which address or mention but are not limited, to the following names and key word search terms:

"direct air capture," "carbon dioxide removal," "Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California," "Net Zero," "Negative Carbon Emissions," "Carbon Neutral," "Getting to Neutral," "George Peridas," "Sally Allen," "Roger Aines" "Sarah Baker," "Steve Bohlen," "Jan Mazurek," "CO2 removal," "carbon neutrality," "," "," "," "," "," "," "," "Anne M Stark," and "Anne Stark," "," "Dona Crawford," "Maren Hunsberger," "," "Cristina Garcia," "Mary D. Nichols," "Mary Nichols," "," "Stanley Young," "," "," "Labar, Ashley," "Ashley Labar," "," "Mathews, Alana," "Alana Mathews," "Coleman, Nancy," "," "Nancy Coleman-Chavez," "Kate Gordon," "," "Louise Bedsworth," "," Assemblywoman Garcia," "Rep. Christina Garcia," "Rep. Garcia," "Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia," "Joint Legislative Commitee on Climate Change Policies"


“Any” and “all” mean all, each, any, and every. “Address” and “mention” mean relates to, refers to, contains, describes, embodies, mentions, constitutes, constituting, supports, corroborates, demonstrates, proves, evidences, shows and/or concerns.

“Document(s)” means any and all written, typed, printed, recorded or graphic matter, however produced, reproduced or stored, whether an original or a copy, and whether prepared, published or released by any person or entity, including but not limited to letters, reports, agreements, correspondence, intra-office or inter-office correspondence, telegrams, minutes or records of meetings, reports or summaries, expressions or statements, lists, drafts and revisions, invoices, receipts, original and preliminary notes, sketches, records, ledgers, contracts, bills of lading, bills, inventories, financial data, maps, memoranda, accounting and financial records, diaries, journals, calendars, statements, work papers, videotapes, photographs, pamphlets, brochures, advertisements, trade letters, press releases, drawings, recaps, tables, articles, summaries of conversations, computer cards, tapes, diskettes, or other means of electronically or magnetically maintaining information, and printouts.

The term “document(s)” also includes electronically stored data from which information can be obtained either directly or by translation through detection devices or readers; any such document is to be produced in a reasonably legible and usable form. The term “document(s)” includes all drafts of a document and all copies that differ in any respect from the original, including any notation, underlining, marking, or information not on the original. The term also includes information stored in, or accessible through, computer or other information retrieval systems (including any computer archives or back-up systems), together with instructions and all other materials necessary to use or interpret such data compilations.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of issues surrounding geoengineering governance and the California state government's role in it.

This information is not being sought for commercial purposes and will be part of the news-gathering process in my capacity as a reporter for The Real News Network. 

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the documents I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies of the documents.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing back from you. 


Steve Horn
Climate Reporter/Producer 
The Real News Network

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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Steve Horn

From: Office of the Governor - California

Dear Mr. Horn,

Please find attached the response to your correspondence to the Governor's Office received on June 30, 2020.

Thank you,

Legal Affairs Unit
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom