|Due||Sept. 23, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
All records of communications between the office of Kathryn Barger and LA County Public Health officials pertaining to a statement in the attached letter to Governor Gavin Newsom on May 22, 2020 (https://kathrynbarger.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/22052020HP_MFP_M577164258.pdf) that "...the data reveals that the risk in reopening is lower than originally thought;" specifically, records/communications describing any analysis of the data by public health experts that led to this conclusion.
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.
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