Denver City Council communication with police unions Feb 2015

Christopher Thomas filed this request with the Denver City Council of Denver, CO.

It is a clone of this request.

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Communications

From: Christopher Schiano

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request all records (individually referred to as "Record" in the rest of this request), including (but not limited to) emails, memos, notes, letters and communications, that meet the following three criteria:

1) Record is in a Denver City Council database or other Denver City Council record storage system and was created, sent or received between the dates February 1, 2015 and March 1, 2015

2) Record matches one or more of the criteria in 2.a, 2.b or 2.c:

2.a) Record contains one or more of the following names of people or organizations, in either the content of the record, or as the creator, sender or recipient:

Nick Rogers
Denver Police Protective Association

Chuck Canterbury
Frank Gale
Fraternal Order of Police

Stephen Schulz
David Acunto
Michael Violette
Michael Jackson
Mike Gunter
Colorado Fraternal Order of Police

Michael Gunter
Jason Duran
Kurt Barnes
Rich Blea
Crystal Raymond
Dean Christopherson
Mike Parton
Carlos Montoya
Curtis Franklin
Brian McNeill
Scott Hughes
Denver FOP Lodge 41

Michael Jackson
Joe Cleveland
Sonya Leyba
Anass Khelik
James Gilmore
Anthony Mazzei
Hosea Cannon
Dan Steckman
Mike McBride
Reid Elkus
Denver Sheriff Lodge 27

3.b) Where Record is an email, if it was sent to or received from an email address at one or more of the following domain names:

@dppa.com
@coloradofop.org
@denverfoplodge41.com
@denverfop27.com
@fop.net

3.c) Where Record is an email, if it was sent to or received from one of the following specific email addresses:

fgale@msn.com
lodge27@qwestoffice.net
denverfopgunter@gmail.com
denverfopduran@gmail.com
denverfopbarnes@gmail.com
kurt.barnes@denvergov.org
denverfopblea@gmail.com
rblea2@q.com
denverfopraymond@gmail.com
denverfopchristopherson@gmail.com

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

In the event that fees cannot be waived and will total more than $20, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request (please include an itemized invoice for any potential fees that you are unable to waive). 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 3 business days, as the statute requires. In the event that more time is required to compile this information, please reply within 3 business days with the date at which this request will be fulfilled.

If you are not the proper custodian of records for this request, please forward this request on to the appropriate designee.

Sincerely,

Christopher Schiano

From: Christopher Schiano

Hello,

I would like to follow up on this open records request, filed on October 13, 2015. The statute does require a response to my request to be given within 3 business days. It is currently 10:15 am on October 21, 2015, and I have received no response to my request as of this writing.

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

sincerely,
Christopher Schiano

From: Young, Janna B. - CC Legislative Services

Christopher,
We received your CORA request. I've attached City Council's open records policy which outlines our fees for professional staff time and copies involved in the document search. Can you please clarify that your request pertains to all 13 Council members' records? What about their staff/aides? If so, the number of individuals and the large number of your search terms could potentially result in a lengthy search which means time and costs. I imagine it would take each member of each office at least an hour to complete the search, which would cost between $325 to $900. If you could narrow the search and let me know what exactly you are looking for, I can save time and reduce the estimated costs. Please let me know how you'd like me to proceed.

Thanks, Janna

Janna B. Young | Executive Director
City Council | City and County of Denver
1437 Bannock, Rm 451 | Denver, CO 80202
Phone 720.337.2001 | Fax 720.865.9482
janna.young@denvergov.org<mailto:janna.young@denvergov.org>

From: Christopher Schiano

Janna,

Let's see if we can find a way to narrow this request that works for both of us. Basically what I am seeking is commuication between city council members (not including staff & aides) and representatives of police unions. My focus here is the response of police union officials to Councilman Lopez's motion to strengthen the independent monitor (a city council meeting about this took place in February 2015). I am also interested in any communications from police union members about protest events which took place in early February leading up to the council meeting about the office of the independent monitor.

Can you please give me a fee estimate for this request if it is understood to include only the communications of council members (not aides & staff) and depending on whether that figure is still prohibitively expensive for a working class person like me, we can whittle it down from there?

thank you.

Sincerely,
Christopher Schiano

From: Christopher Schiano

Janna,

Still waiting on a revised estimate of fees, based on the modification of my request as discussed. I have not heard anything from you about this request since October 27, nearly three weeks ago. I look forward to this request being processed.

thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Christopher Schiano

From: Young, Janna B. - CC Legislative Services

Mr. Schiano,
David Broadwell forwarded your follow up communications to me today. For some reason, I never received your messages. I’m not sure what IT issue I’m having that prevents you from emailing me but your messages go through to Mr. Broadwell. I am aware of Council offices not receiving email from addresses that are outside of the city so maybe the same thing is happening to me. I apologize for the delay to your requests. Let me give you my phone number in case this happens again so you can still get a hold of me. That number is 720-337-2001.

I appreciate you narrowing your request for me. It helps to know the records you are seeking. The issue you mention really only pertains to 6 of our Council members. As you may know in July, 7 new Council members joined our body after the May/June elections. These 7 members were not in Council when CM Lopez’s legislation went through. We don’t maintain email records for the outgoing Council members so I can only do a search of the records of those 6 members who were here when all this occurred and who are still with us. So, I anticipate at most a cost of $150. Most likely it will be a lot less. Does this work for you? If so, I’ll ask those 6 members to search their records and get you a response this week.

Thanks for your patience with us.

Janna

Janna B. Young | Executive Director
City Council | City and County of Denver
1437 Bannock, Rm 451 | Denver, CO 80202
Phone 720.337.2001 | Fax 720.865.9482
janna.young@denvergov.org<mailto:janna.young@denvergov.org>

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