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

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Kent Office of the Mayor of Kent, WA.
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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: City of Kent - Public Records Center

From: Phil Mocek

Dear Sir or Madam,

More than five business days have passed since I submitted a records request to you on September 12, 2017. Despite the Public Records Act requiring action on your part no later than about two days ago, you have not so much as acknowledged receipt of my request.

Are you receiving my e-mails?

Please note that while I provided this special-purpose e-mail address only to you and only in the context of my records request of September 12, I received addressed to it a message from some unknown third party at "mycusthelp.com". The message was empty, I am not your customer, and I am not requesting any "help."

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: City of Kent - Public Records Center

Dear Phil Mocek:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new Public Records request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Public Records Center by clicking here. (http://kentwa.gov/PublicRecordsCenter/)

Description: TO: [Kent@mycusthelp.net]September 21, 2017Kent Office of the Mayor220 4TH AVE SKENT, WA 98032-5838This is a follow up to request number W012939-091317:Dear Sir or Madam,More than five business days have passed since I submitted a records request to you on September 12, 2017. Despite the Public Records Act requiring action on your part no later than about two days ago, you have not so much as acknowledged receipt of my request.Are you receiving my e-mails?Please note that while I provided this special-purpose e-mail address only to you and only in the context of my records request of September 12, I received addressed to it a message from some unknown third party at "mycusthelp.com". The message was empty, I am not your customer, and I am not requesting any "help."Cordially,Phil Mocek

From: Hansen, Alyne

Dear Mr. Mocek,

Today, you emailed a reply to one of the automated email messages from our Public Records Center. When replying to those emails, it creates a "Non-Public Records Request" in our system. We have received 3 Non-Public Records Requests email messages from you. Yesterday, I emailed you a message from our Public Records Center for file W012939-091317, where I notified you, where we corrected the unique email address for this request and gave you an estimated time for response. I have copied and pasted that message below:

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From: City of Kent - Public Records Center

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City Clerk Kimberley A. Komoto City Clerk 220 4th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032 Fax: 253-856-6725 PHONE:  253-856-5725 09/29/2017
Phil Mocek MuckRock Sommerville, MA 02144-2516 Re:    Public Records Request, dated 9/12/2017 File #W012939-091317
Matter – Full Response Completed, File Closed Dear Phil Mocek: On 9/12/2017, you submitted a public records request to the City of Kent where you stated you sought the following records:
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.
As of 09/29/2017, the City has made available, through either inspection or copying, all records responsive to your above-stated request.  The records are being made available to you via a separate email containing a link to Box.com.  In producing those records, the City made a reasonable search to locate responsive records based on the description you provided in your request. In consideration of expedience, the associated fee has been waived and the records provided. This letter is to confirm completion of your request and to advise that the City is closing its file. If you believe this closure is in error, or if you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 856-5725. Thank you. Sincerely, Kimberley A. Komoto Kimberley A. Komoto, City Clerk Office of the City Clerk 220 Fourth Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032 Phone 253-856-5725 | Fax 253-856-6725 Kkomoto@KentWa.gov (mailto:ahansen@KentWa.gov) www.KentWa.gov (http://www.kentwa.gov/) PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS E-MAIL
City of Kent Administration
Derek Matheson, CAO

From: City of Kent - Public Records Center

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Link to Box.com
PRR 12939.PST (open link) (https://app.box.com/s/nipeda1ka3kaawlxnu1cmnwi2zsyypn9)
Thanks, Kimberley A. Komoto City Clerk 253-856-5725

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