LBPD Misconduct/Shooting Litigations Payout Data

Greg Buhl filed this request with the City Manager's Office of Long Beach, CA.
Tracking #

C011554-070121

Due July 16, 2021
Est. Completion Aug. 8, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Greg Buhl

Hello,

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act I am requesting the following records:

-An updated spreadsheet showing the legal judgements and settlement the City of Long Beach has paid related to LBPD misconduct or police shootings.

This data was previously released last year by Councilmember Pierce as she was leaving office, described and linked here https://forthe.org/journalism/lbpd-settlement-data/

This request is for an updated version of that list. If the city no longer maintains such a list and does not wish to create one, please interpret this requests as requesting documents sufficient to show all settlements and judgments since the last list was produced.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter in the time frame set out in the CPRA.

Greg Buhl

From: City Manager's Office

Dear Greg Buhl:

Thank you for submitting a request for public records to the City of Long Beach. Pursuant to California Government Code § 6253, staff will review your request and respond within 10 days to notify you if there are responsive records, or if an extension is necessary to determine whether responsive records exist.
If your request was received after business hours or on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will be considered the date of receipt. The 10-day response period starts with the first calendar day after the date of receipt (Ca. Civ. Code, § 10).
You may be contacted by a City staff member if there are questions regarding your request.

From: City Manager's Office

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RE: Public Records Request Reference Number: C011554-070121
Thank you for submitting your request for public records.  After reviewing your request, we have determined that additional or more detailed information is needed to appropriately search for records.  Specifically, please indicate a date range for the records you seek.
While the Public Records Act (PRA) provides members of the public with access to public records, it is not unlimited in its scope.  California courts have acknowledged that members of the public may request documents from municipalities pursuant to the PRA even if they are unable to precisely identify the documents sought, but the request must still reasonably describe the information contained in the records sought such that the municipality can locate the records with “reasonable effort”.  [Cal. First Amend. Coalition v. Superior Court (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 159.]
The request must be focused and specific [Rogers v. Superior Court (1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 469.] and clear enough so that the agency can decipher what record or records are being sought.  Moreover, the City is not required by law to create a record or list from an existing record.
The City will wait for your response before proceeding with this request.  If we do not hear back from you within 10 calendar days, the PRA request will be closed.
Thank you for contacting the City of Long Beach.  If you have any questions, please contact the Records Coordinator Office at (562) 570-6711.

From: Greg Buhl

Hello,

I thought it was clear from the context, but this is a request for updated data since the data was released by CM Pierce one year ago. So covering the same data range, just with the newest year to have occured added and any pending or tentative numbers finalized. It listed "TBD" quite a bit. The article I attached included the numbers CM Pierce made public and they cover incidents going back to 2008. I'm requesting the updated version of that city-maintained spreadsheet which was released a year ago. If what CM Pierce released was only a section of a larger doc that went back further, I'll take the larger date range.

Thanks,
Greg

From: City Manager's Office

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RE: Public Records Request Reference Number: C011554-070121
Thank you for submitting your request for public records.  Occasionally, we experience a delay in searching for records.  Consequently, pursuant to Government Code 6253 (c), the City of Long Beach is extending the time within which to identify responsive documents by fourteen (14) calendar days.
The City will make every effort to provide responsive records in a reasonable time.  You will be notified by August 08, 2021 of the following:

* Whether the City has records responsive to your request, and the page count and required payment, if applicable, to produce copies of such records, and/or
* Whether the City has records responsive to your request, but which are exempt from disclosure and the reasons for exemption.
If you have any questions, please contact the Records Coordinator Office at (562) 570-6711.

From: City Manager's Office

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RE: Public Records Request Reference Number: C011554-070121
In response to PRA # C011554-070121 received on July 01, 2021, the City of Long Beach has determined that responsive records exist and will be disclosed.  City staff is working on compiling and reviewing the appropriate documents and will produce them promptly within a reasonable time frame.  Staff will notify you upon producing records if portions of documents will be withheld from disclosure due to exemptions in accordance with law.
Thank you for contacting the City of Long Beach.  If you have any questions, please contact the Records Coordinator Office at (562) 570-6711.

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