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

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

It is a clone of this request.

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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 [inappropriate] 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: Sharon Scott

Hi Phil,

I'm stepping in for Joan Michaud as she is out sick. I received a copy of your below records request and we have performed a search. We have no records responsive to this request.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Sharon Scott

Sharon G Scott
Executive Assistant/City Clerk
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100
Covington, WA 98042

phone: 253-480-2405
fax: 253-480-2401
website: www.covingtonwa.gov<http://www.covingtonwa.gov/>
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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please advise sender and delete the message and any attachments without reading or disclosing its contents.

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<mailto:joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us>, joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov<mailto:joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov>, joshuafreed@mac.com<mailto:joshuafreed@mac.com>, info@impacwa.com<mailto: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
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Joan Michaud, CMC
Senior Deputy City Clerk
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100
Covington, WA 98042
Fax: 253-480-2401
Direct Line: 253-480-2409
www.covingtonwa.gov<http://www.covingtonwa.gov>
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From: Phil Mocek

Dear Ms. Scott,

Thank you for your assistance.

Is there a better general-purpose e-mail address to use for correspondence regarding records held by Covington City Manager's Office? Some public agencies maintain one or more addresses that are not specific to any particular employee, but rather are topic-focused and result in messages being either forwarded to the person who is currently responsible or into a shared inbox of sorts that the appropriate people monitor.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Sharon Scott

Hi Phil,

The only email address that would be used to correspond with the City Manager would be his employee email, rbolli@covingtonwa.gov<mailto:rbolli@covingtonwa.gov>.

Sharon

Sharon G Scott
Executive Assistant/City Clerk
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100
Covington, WA 98042

phone: 253-480-2405
fax: 253-480-2401
website: www.covingtonwa.gov<http://www.covingtonwa.gov/>
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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please advise sender and delete the message and any attachments without reading or disclosing its contents.

From: Sharon Scott

Hi Phil,

I'm going to perform an additional search on this request to include additional parameters. I should be able to respond to you by the end of the day tomorrow to let you know what I've found.

Sharon G Scott
Executive Assistant/City Clerk
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100
Covington, WA 98042

phone: 253-480-2405
fax: 253-480-2401
website: www.covingtonwa.gov<http://www.covingtonwa.gov/>
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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please advise sender and delete the message and any attachments without reading or disclosing its contents.

From: Sharon Scott

Hi Phil,

We searched again using just the name Joshua Freed as opposed to the email addresses that you supplied and found one responsive record, which I have attached. Unless I hear otherwise from you I will consider this request closed.

Regards,

Sharon Scott

Sharon G Scott
Executive Assistant/City Clerk
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100
Covington, WA 98042

phone: 253-480-2405
fax: 253-480-2401
website: www.covingtonwa.gov<http://www.covingtonwa.gov/>
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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please advise sender and delete the message and any attachments without reading or disclosing its contents.

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