Email communications with LA Sheriff's Department

Gary Doran filed this request with the Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors of Los Angeles, CA.
Due Sept. 23, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Gary Doran

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Electronic copies of all email communications between members of the LA County Board of Supervisors or their staff, and members of the LA County Sheriff's Department from January 1, 2016 through September 10, 2020.

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.


Gary Doran

From: Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors

Good afternoon,

Our Office is in receipt of your request for copies of records pursuant to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), California Government Code sections 6250-6276.48. We appreciate the need for transparency and your right to disclosable public records. However, because of the current unprecedented situation stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as reflected in Governor Newsom's and the County's Declarations of Emergency and shelter-in-place Orders ("Orders"), the typical record search cannot occur with regular pace. During the pendency of the social distancing mandates and the Orders, resource allocation has been altered accordingly to ensure that County residents receive essential services in a manner that protects public health and safety. Government Code section 6255 allows an agency to withhold a record by demonstrating that, "the public interest served by not disclosing the record clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the record." In this instance additional time is needed to respond to your request for the aforementioned reasons. Therefore, our Office extends the time to respond and will provide you with a determination within 15 days, as to whether or not we are able to identify any disclosable public records. The County reserves its right to assert all applicable privileges/doctrines and exemptions.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Executive Office

From: Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors

Dear Mr. Doran:

Attached is the response to your Public Records Act Request.

Thank you,

Diana Bluem
Board Liaison Division
(213) 787-2378

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From: Gary Doran

Dear Diana Bluem et al.:

Thank you for processing my Public Records Act request.

There has been increased scrutiny of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and specifically Sheriff Alex Villanueva, following numerous incidents within the department both recently and throughout Villanueva’s tenure as Sheriff. Shortly after my request was filed, members of both the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors called for Sheriff Villanueva’s resignation citing a lack of transparency, resistance to oversight, and efforts by Villanueva to alienate and insult supervisors who attempt to provide oversight [1].

Therefore, it is a matter of public interest to understand the relationship between the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff’s Department as revealed through communications between these institutions. However, I also understand your concern that my initial request was overly broad and unduly burdensome.

Could you provide guidance on how I might narrow my request to something that is reasonable in scope? For example, what is the longest period (in days, weeks, or months) for which it would be reasonable to request communications between the Board of Supervisors and LASD? Likewise, what would be the longest reasonable period to request communications specifically between the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Villanueva or members of his staff?

Thank you,
-Gary Doran