Notices of seized seized assets sent to interested parties
|Submitted||April 29, 2014|
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From: Todd Feathers
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby request the following records:
Copies of all forfeiture notices sent to the owners of property/money seized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department since 2010. The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act states that the district attorney or Attorney General must notify any parties that own, or have an interest in, property seized and headed for forfeiture. The law reads:
"The Attorney General or district attorney shall make service
of process regarding this petition upon every individual designated
in a receipt issued for the property seized. In addition, the
Attorney General or district attorney shall cause a notice of the
seizure, if any, and of the intended forfeiture proceeding, as well
as a notice stating that any interested party may file a verified
claim with the superior court of the county in which the property was
seized or if the property was not seized, a notice of the initiation
of forfeiture proceedings with respect to any interest in the
property seized or subject to forfeiture, to be served by personal
delivery or by registered mail upon any person who has an interest in
the seized property or property subject to forfeiture other than
persons designated in a receipt issued for the property seized."
I also request that fees be waived as I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information i receive as a result of this request to educate the public.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.
Hello Mr. Feathers, your PRA request was forwarded to our DA Special Assistant who will get back to you. Thank you.
From: Los Angeles County District Attorney
The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.
From: Denise Fox
Dear Mr. Feathers,
I have attached the response letter to your California Public Records Act
(CPRA) request. I will also send a copy of the letter via USPS. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (213) 974-9877.