Records of Communication with Obama/Trump Administrations

Anonymous Person filed this request with the Los Angeles County Counsel of Los Angeles County, CA.
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From: Anonymous Person

Please see the attached public records act request letter addressed to multiple County departments.
The letter has been sent directly to the Counsel only, as we believe you represent the various departments in PRA matters.

From: Anonymous Person

Please note the 10-day statutory deadline for responding to the attached Public Records Act request has expired (we originally sent it April 18, 2019). We previously sent this via email to Contact_Us@counsel.lacounty.gov, subject "California Public Records Act Request: Records of Communication with Obama/Trump Administrations"

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated April 30, 2019.

Thank you,

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Anonymous Person

Thank you for your May 3, 2019 response to our request #71950.
There appears to be some confusion as your response states the Counsel does not keep CPRA requests for the other County departments. We are asking for *messages* between County employees and certain individuals. Regardless, your point that the Counsel does not manage other departments' messages is taken.
We will followup with other departments separately.

As it pertains to the Counsel, we'll amend our request as follows:
1. The County Counsel is the only department addressed
2. The opening para is replaced with:
"Electronic copies, via email, of all records prepared, owned, used, or retained by each agency
(including all appendices, attachments, inline images, exhibits, or shared files referenced in or by
the below requested records, and including all public records that pursuant to City of San Jose v.
Superior Court (2017) 2 Cal.5th 608 may exist on personal accounts or devices) of all email, calendar
invites sent, written, or received between January 1, 2017 and 2019-04-18(inclusive), to or from (1) any
employee, officer, or supervisor of the County and (2) any of the following: ... "

The search for email and calendar invites of the County Counsel should be a process that can be done quite efficiently through your (for example) Microsoft Exchange server.

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated May 3, 2019.

Thank you,

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Anonymous Person

This will be our last non-judicial attempt to get a complete response from the County Counsel on this PRA request.

The number of employees that the County Counsel has should have no bearing on your ability to perform a search of email to or from certain persons. It is apparent from the metadata of the Counsel's emails we have received that your office uses either an on-premise or cloud-based Microsoft Exchange/Office email server/service, which has a centralized location from which emails may be searched and retrieved, for example, by your IT department. The effort to perform this initial search should not scale by the number of employee's mailboxes that need to be searched.

Therefore, we will try once again with the opening para of the request amended to only need search of your official servers:

"Electronic copies, via email, of all records prepared, owned, used, or retained by each agency
(including all appendices, attachments, inline images, exhibits, or shared files referenced in or by
the below requested records, and **excluding public records that may exist on personal accounts or devices**) of all email or calendar
invites sent, written, or received between January 1, 2017 and 2019-04-18(inclusive), to or from (1) any
employee, officer, or supervisor of the Office of County Counsel and (2) any of the following: ... "

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Thank you.

From: Anonymous Person

Furthermore, I hereby request under SB 272 / Govt Code 6270.5 for the Counsel's enterprise systems list, including but not limited to your email and calendaring systems. Please include all items provided for by in Govt Code 6270.5(a)(1 to 7).

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated May 10, 2019.

Thank you,

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Anonymous Person

Good afternoon,
We were expecting your response on or before June 3.

Thank you.
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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madame,

Attached to this e-mail is the complete set of responsive records to your PRA request dated May 10, 2019. Ensuring the response was accurate, and fully inclusive just took a bit longer than expected.

Thank you.

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Anonymous Person

Thank you very much. This is a new, follow up request for:
1. Requests listed as "Part 1" ONLY of this PDF: https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_request_attachments/Anonymous_2859385/72290/supplemement-Cali-OAG-Federal-communications-audit-v2-ZX04-434576-02-RR23894-GFCD2PRACAFE20copy.pdf - Notwithstanding the details in this PDF, you only need to search the Counsel office's official email servers, as previously agreed upon for the initial request.
2. Requests listed as "Part 2" ONLY of the *attached* PDF. This is for contracts/agreements.

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Please contact us PRIOR to performing any services or copies requiring fees, with a fee estimate/break-down if possible. We do not agree to pay fees by virtue of this request. However, please do perform any search and record copying/production that are provided for free in your jurisdiction. If free, also provide a determination of which requests have responsive records and whether we may inspect them in person, if we so choose.

Please respond in no more than: 10 business days.

Thanks,
Anonymous

  • Federal-communications-audit-v2-ZX04-434576-02-RR23894-GFCD2PRACAFE.pdf

From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated June 4, 2019.

Thank you,

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Anonymous Person

Thank you, I will followup with a single, clear PDF for our follow-up request.

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From: Anonymous Person

Attached is a hopefully clarified CPRA request directed to office of LA County counsel.

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  • LA-County-Counsel-Federal-Communications-Audit-Part-2.pdf

From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA requests dated June 4, 2019 and June 14, 2019.

Thank you!
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Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Tel #: (213) 974-1883

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From: Anonymous Person

Thank you for your response.

What you call the "boilerplate instructions" (the Important Notes section) cannot /all/ be ignored merely due to an error in one of them, D1.

Regardless, I have attached a corrected request to replace the June 14 and June 4 requests.
The only difference between the attached PDF and the June 14 one is a correction in D1, which omits the number of requests and merely says "...each of the requests..."

For your convenience, I've copied the "Important Notes" (with D1 corrected) below as well. Wherever these notes refer to "requests" or "request(s) below," they are referring to the requests in the attached PDF.

A1. Please waive fees if possible. This request is non-commercial. The requests
are made to better understand the operation of the government and we intend to share
responsive records widely and publicly on MuckRock.com
A2. Contact us PRIOR to performing any services or copies requiring fees, with a fee
estimate/break-down if possible. We do not agree to pay fees by virtue of this request.
However, please do perform any search and record production that are provided for free in
your jurisdiction. If free, provide a determination of which requests have responsive records
and whether we may inspect them in person, if we so choose.
B1. Please assist in identifying and locating responsive records and overcoming
objections to their disclosure.
B2. As appropriate under state/local law, please search personal email and mobile
accounts and devices for requested public records, as appropriate.
B3. Include all attachments, exhibits, appendices, and images, in and to all responsive
records.
B4. Perform a diligent search for responsive records and examine them before
determining they are exempt, as you may find that responsive records have segregatable
disclosable portions that you must disclose which cannot be determined unless you actually
search for records.
B5. If you waived exemptions by prior disclosure to other members of the public, we
request you do not withhold that record or portion from us either.
B6. If emails are requested, please exclude spam and automated
messages.
C2. Please provide records in rolling or incremental fashion, as they are ready.
D1. We request a formal determination notice for each of the request(s) below,
indicating that you have (a) no responsive records, (b) provided all responsive records, (c)
provided some, and withheld some or parts of some, responsive records, or (d) found and
withheld all responsive records.
Please provide records in: D2. electronic format, via e-mail attachments
D5. Please provide metadata/full headers for all requested electronic records. If you,
for example, print emails to PDF format, ensure you have provided ALL email headers
(except those exempt under the Act), or you will not have provided us a complete copy of
the public record, and we may challenge your response for withholding headers without
statutory justification.
D6. If a record is available on your public website, a URL is preferable to duplication.
D7. Cite statutory authority for all records withheld/redacted. Inform us of any
applicable appeal procedures if any records are withheld/redacted. If your jurisdiction
permits privilege/redaction/exemption logs, please provide one.

Thank you,
Anonymous

  • LA-County-Counsel-Federal-Communications-Audit-Part-2-v2b.pdf

From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated June 4, 2019.

Thank you,

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Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated June 4, 2019 and June 14, 2019.

Thank you,

Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madame,

Thank you for your follow-up inquiry. Our office is still processing your request, and encountered some technical difficulties that should be resolved in the next few days. If the problem persists, we will contact you later this week with more information, along with an estimated time frame for the completion of your response.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Regards,

Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Dear Sir or Madam:

Attached is correspondence in response to your PRA request dated June 4, 2019 and June 14, 2019. Please be advised that the attachments will be sent in a different email because of its large size. Also note that you will not be able to reply to that email.

Thank you,

Erica Gomez
Office of the County Counsel
Board Liaison Division
Phone: (213) 787-0373
Fax: (213) 633-1915
egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:egomez@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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From: Los Angeles County Counsel

Public Records Act Request

Attached is your requested documents of June 4, 2019 and June 14, 2019. Please remember you cannot reply to this email.

Thank you,

Erica
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