Equitable sharing agreement and certification letters for (San Antonio Police Department)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the San Antonio Police Department of San Antonio, TX.
Tracking # W031495-090214
Est. Completion None
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.

I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Romana Lopez (SAPD- PIO)

Good afternoon Mr. Feathers,

Your requested has been forwarded to our Open Records Unit, please expect a response from that unit. Thank you and have a nice day.

Romana Lopez
Media Services
San Antonio Police Department
Office: (210) 207-7579
Fax: (210) 207-7567

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

Dear Todd Feathers:
Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Antonio. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office on 8/13/2014 and given the reference number W030838-081314 for tracking purposes.
Records Requested: On July 29, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.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 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 12717-48673872@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 12717PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request, or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center.
City of San Antonio

To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "My Records Center." Open Government Page (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment.aspx)

From: Linda Flores (SAPD)

Mr. Feathers,

I will be working on your request. Please feel free to contact me directly regarding this request in particular. I am sorry I have quite a few emails throughout the day and I cannot find the original request sent to me on the 29th for this request. I will make every effort to expedite this request now, as I know this has already caused you a delay. Please give me till this Friday to follow up with you on this request.

For future requests, if I may please suggest you enter them directly into the City's web based system for tracking such requests. This way City employees will be flagged with 3, 5 and 9 day reminders for each request. The system will also allow you to view the progress of each request. Please go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment/ and select make a request. From there you can enter your email address and set up an account with the city of San Antonio to submit and track all future requests.

I have just entered this request. My sincerest apologies for the delay. I will email you again on 8/15/2014.

Respectfully,

Linda
Linda S. Flores
Management Analyst
Open Records Office Supervisor
San Antonio Police Department
210-207-7320 ext. 77551
linda.flores@sanantonio.gov
 
DEADLINES NOTICE: If the Department wishes to withhold documents from disclosure, the Department must submit a copy of all records immediately, but no more than Three Business Days. (Administrative Directive 1.31) If you are unable to turn in responsive documents within the three business days you need to give us a date and time when the records will be ready so we can let our Legal Department and the requestor know when the documents will be ready. Not complying with the Open Record Act or with Administrative Directive 1.31 will cause the release of all records being ordered, and/or the requestor may file a lawsuit or complaint against the City of San Antonio
 

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

--- Please respond above this line ---
City of San Antonio San Antonio Police Department
Open Records Office
315 S Santa Rosa Ave
San Antonio , Texas 78207
Phone: (210) 207-7320 / Fax: (210) 207-4262 8/28/2014
VIA Email Todd Feathers
DEPT MR 12717
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com
RE: Response to Public Information Request
COSA ORR No: W030838-081314
Dear Mr. Feathers:
I have received your request for public information, in which you asked for:
“ On July 29, 2014: To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records: Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis. I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. 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 business days, as the statute requires. Sincerely, Todd Feathers Filed via MuckRock.com E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com For mailed responses, please address (see note): MuckRock News DEPT MR 12717 PO Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205-5819 PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.”
In response to your request, city staff has compiled records responsive to your request.  The cost for these records is as follows:

* General Labor - The charge for labor costs incurred in processing a request for public information. The labor charge includes the actual time to locate, compile, manipulate data, and reproduce the requested information.  (1 hour @ $15.00) – 30 minutes = $7.50
* Overhead Charge - The overhead charge shall be computed at 20% of the charge made to cover any labor costs associated with a particular request. ($7.50 x .20) = $1.50 Total: $9.00 Please send a check made out to the City of San Antonio, with ORR No. W030838 written in the memo section and mail to:
San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave
San Antonio, TX  78207
Attn: Open Records Office Please see the attached responsive documents.
I hope you will find the information provided with this email to successfully complete this request. Sincerely,
Linda S. Flores Management Analyst San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, Texas 78207 210-207-7320 ext. 77551 Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov

From: Linda Flores (SAPD)

Good Morning Mr. Feathers,

I just sent you the information through the FOIA system. Hopefully you received all six documents.

Respectfully,

Linda
Linda S. Flores
Management Analyst
Open Records Office Supervisor
San Antonio Police Department
210-207-7320 ext. 77551
linda.flores@sanantonio.gov

Note: 

Please include the ORR Reference Number I have listed in the subject line of my original email to you (begins with a 'W') when you are providing me responsive documents. If you send me a brand new email rather than replying to my original email, I will not know which request you are responding to without that 'W" ORR Reference Number.

Please always provide the uninterrupted time it takes you to compile the responsive records. If I am asking you for somethng that you anticipate will take over 2 hours to compile. Please let me know before you begin the work. I am required to get a cost estimate approval prior to such requests.

DEADLINES NOTICE: If the Department wishes to withhold documents from disclosure, the Department must submit a copy of all records immediately, but no more than Three Business Days. (Administrative Directive 1.31) If you are unable to turn in responsive documents within the three business days you need to give us a date and time when the records will be ready so we can let our Legal Department and the requestor know when the documents will be ready. Not complying with the Open Record Act or with Administrative Directive 1.31 will cause the release of all records being ordered, and/or the requestor may file a lawsuit or complaint against the City of San Antonio
 

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

To Todd Feathers,
Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request (please visit the Open Records Center) , or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request. (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment/)
City of San Antonio

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

Dear Todd Feathers:
Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Antonio. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office on 9/2/2014 and given the reference number W031495-090214 for tracking purposes.
Records Requested: September 2, 2014San Antonio City AttorneyTo Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism your department uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department.This request should be construed to include documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as documents or databases that contain responsive information over a longer time span.I request that all fees be waived for this request because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock -- and intend to use the requested information to educate the public.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 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 13238-93866067@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 13238PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request, or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center.
City of San Antonio

To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "My Records Center." Open Government Page (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment.aspx)

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

--- Please respond above this line ---
City of San Antonio
San Antonio Police Department
Open Records Office
315 S Santa Rosa Ave
San Antonio , Texas 78207
Phone: (210) 207-7320 / Fax: (210) 207-4262
9/15/2014
VIA Email
Todd Feathers
DEPT MR 12717
Boston, MA 02205-5819
RE: Response to Public Information Request
COSA ORR No: W031495-090214 Dear Mr. Feathers:
We have received your Public Information Act request, and are in the process of reviewing our records.  In the interest of getting the records you want to you as promptly and efficiently as possible, I have two questions:
The types of lawsuits can include cases filed by SAPD, as well as cases filed against SAPD including use of force, employment, vehicle collisions and a variety of other claims.  Do you want all of these cases, or just certain types of cases? 1. The Public Information Act requires that requests be liberally construed.  I believe you want a comprehensive list of cases, but the request could be construed to include all the pleadings filed in a case, as well as documents that contain attorney work product.  If the request includes pleadings, the volume and cost will go up dramatically, and if the request includes documents that contain attorney work product the request will be sent by the city to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for a ruling.  The city does maintain a database that includes all lawsuits filed by and against the San Antonio Police Department, so if this is what you want, if you will affirm this request, or make any other clarifications in response to this email, we will begin to assemble the responsive records. 2.
The Texas Public Information Act requires that all requests for clarification, when the requestor includes a mailing address as part of the request, be sent by certified mail to the listed mailing address.  If I do not receive a response to this email by 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, I will send a request for clarification by certified mail.  Prior to your receipt of any such letter, however, we will continue to work with you in an attempt to provide the requested records as promptly as possible. Sincerely,
Linda S. Flores Management Analyst San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, Texas 78207 210-207-7320 ext. 77551 Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov (mailto:Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov)

From: City of San Antonio - Open Government

Dear Todd Feathers:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new Open Records request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://sanantonio.gov/opengovernment/)
Description: September 15, 2014San Antonio Police DepartmentSan Antonio Police Department Records Office, P.O. Box 839948, San Antonio, TX 78283This is a follow up to request number W031495-090214:Linda,Thank you for reaching out to me regarding your questions. I am only seeking a list of the lawsuits, not any of the court documents themselves. I'm not sure how San Antonio's system is constructed, but other city attorneys offices I made the same request to were able to segregate the cases down to the type of lawsuit, and also provide the amounts of any settlements or judgments in the cases. If that is possible, I would ideally like a list of only civil rights and tort lawsuits filed against the police department since 2009. If that's not possible within your system, a complete list of civil lawsuits filed against the police department would be just fine.Thank you again for your help, and if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to call or email me.Sincerely,Todd Feathers608-698-5806---On Sept. 15, 2014:--- Please respond above this line --- City of San Antonio San Antonio Police Department Open Records Office 315 S Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio , Texas 78207 Phone: (210) 207-7320 / Fax: (210) 207-4262 9/15/2014 VIA Email Todd Feathers DEPT MR 12717 Boston, MA 02205-5819 RE: Response to Public Information Request COSA ORR No: W031495-090214 Dear Mr. Feathers: We have received your Public Information Act request, and are in the process of reviewing our records.  In the interest of getting the records you want to you as promptly and efficiently as possible, I have two questions: The types of lawsuits can include cases filed by SAPD, as well as cases filed against SAPD including use of force, employment, vehicle collisions and a variety of other claims.  Do you want all of these cases, or just certain types of cases? 1. The Public Information Act requires that requests be liberally construed.  I believe you want a comprehensive list of cases, but the request could be construed to include all the pleadings filed in a case, as well as documents that contain attorney work product.  If the request includes pleadings, the volume and cost will go up dramatically, and if the request includes documents that contain attorney work product the request will be sent by the city to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for a ruling.  The city does maintain a database that includes all lawsuits filed by and against the San Antonio Police Department, so if this is what you want, if you will affirm this request, or make any other clarifications in response to this email, we will begin to assemble the responsive records. 2. The Texas Public Information Act requires that all requests for clarification, when the requestor includes a mailing address as part of the request, be sent by certified mail to the listed mailing address.  If I do not receive a response to this email by 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, I will send a request for clarification by certified mail.  Prior to your receipt of any such letter, however, we will continue to work with you in an attempt to provide the requested records as promptly as possible. Sincerely, Linda S. Flores Management Analyst San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, Texas 78207 210-207-7320 ext. 77551 Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov (mailto:Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov)---On Sept. 2, 2014:Dear Todd Feathers: Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Antonio. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office on 9/2/2014 and given the reference number W031495-090214 for tracking purposes. Records Requested: September 2, 2014San Antonio City AttorneyTo Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism your department uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department.This request should be construed to include documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as documents or databases that contain responsive information over a longer time span.I request that all fees be waived for this request because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock -- and intend to use the requested information to educate the public.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 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 13238-93866067@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 13238PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819 Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request, or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request. You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center. City of San Antonio To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "My Records Center." Open Government Page (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment.aspx)---On Aug. 28, 2014:To Todd Feathers, Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request (please visit the Open Records Center) , or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request. (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment/) City of San Antonio---On Aug. 28, 2014:Good Morning Mr. Feathers,I just sent you the information through the FOIA system. Hopefully you received all six documents.Respectfully,LindaLinda S. FloresManagement Analyst Open Records Office SupervisorSan Antonio Police Department210-207-7320 ext. 77551linda.flores@sanantonio.govNote:  Please include the ORR Reference Number I have listed in the subject line of my original email to you (begins with a 'W') when you are providing me responsive documents. If you send me a brand new email rather than replying to my original email, I will not know which request you are responding to without that 'W" ORR Reference Number.Please always provide the uninterrupted time it takes you to compile the responsive records. If I am asking you for somethng that you anticipate will take over 2 hours to compile. Please let me know before you begin the work. I am required to get a cost estimate approval prior to such requests.DEADLINES NOTICE: If the Department wishes to withhold documents from disclosure, the Department must submit a copy of all records immediately, but no more than Three Business Days. (Administrative Directive 1.31) If you are unable to turn in responsive documents within the three business days you need to give us a date and time when the records will be ready so we can let our Legal Department and the requestor know when the documents will be ready. Not complying with the Open Record Act or with Administrative Directive 1.31 will cause the release of all records being ordered, and/or the requestor may file a lawsuit or complaint against the City of San Antonio---On Aug. 28, 2014:--- Please respond above this line --- City of San Antonio San Antonio Police Department Open Records Office 315 S Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio , Texas 78207 Phone: (210) 207-7320 / Fax: (210) 207-4262 8/28/2014 VIA Email Todd Feathers DEPT MR 12717 Boston, MA 02205-5819 requests@muckrock.com RE: Response to Public Information Request COSA ORR No: W030838-081314 Dear Mr. Feathers: I have received your request for public information, in which you asked for: “ On July 29, 2014: To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records: Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis. I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. 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 business days, as the statute requires. Sincerely, Todd Feathers Filed via MuckRock.com E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com For mailed responses, please address (see note): MuckRock News DEPT MR 12717 PO Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205-5819 PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.” In response to your request, city staff has compiled records responsive to your request.  The cost for these records is as follows: * General Labor - The charge for labor costs incurred in processing a request for public information. The labor charge includes the actual time to locate, compile, manipulate data, and reproduce the requested information.  (1 hour @ $15.00) – 30 minutes = $7.50 * Overhead Charge - The overhead charge shall be computed at 20% of the charge made to cover any labor costs associated with a particular request. ($7.50 x .20) = $1.50 Total: $9.00 Please send a check made out to the City of San Antonio, with ORR No. W030838 written in the memo section and mail to: San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, TX  78207 Attn: Open Records Office Please see the attached responsive documents. I hope you will find the information provided with this email to successfully complete this request. Sincerely, Linda S. Flores Management Analyst San Antonio Police Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, Texas 78207 210-207-7320 ext. 77551 Linda.flores@sanantonio.gov---On Aug. 28, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.Thank you for your help.---On Aug. 13, 2014:Mr. Feathers,I will be working on your request. Please feel free to contact me directly regarding this request in particular. I am sorry I have quite a few emails throughout the day and I cannot find the original request sent to me on the 29th for this request. I will make every effort to expedite this request now, as I know this has already caused you a delay. Please give me till this Friday to follow up with you on this request.For future requests, if I may please suggest you enter them directly into the City's web based system for tracking such requests. This way City employees will be flagged with 3, 5 and 9 day reminders for each request. The system will also allow you to view the progress of each request. Please go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment/ and select make a request. From there you can enter your email address and set up an account with the city of San Antonio to submit and track all future requests.I have just entered this request. My sincerest apologies for the delay. I will email you again on 8/15/2014.Respectfully,LindaLinda S. FloresManagement Analyst Open Records Office SupervisorSan Antonio Police Department210-207-7320 ext. 77551linda.flores@sanantonio.govDEADLINES NOTICE: If the Department wishes to withhold documents from disclosure, the Department must submit a copy of all records immediately, but no more than Three Business Days. (Administrative Directive 1.31) If you are unable to turn in responsive documents within the three business days you need to give us a date and time when the records will be ready so we can let our Legal Department and the requestor know when the documents will be ready. Not complying with the Open Record Act or with Administrative Directive 1.31 will cause the release of all records being ordered, and/or the requestor may file a lawsuit or complaint against the City of San Antonio---On Aug. 13, 2014:Dear Todd Feathers: Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Antonio. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office on 8/13/2014 and given the reference number W030838-081314 for tracking purposes. Records Requested: On July 29, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.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 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 12717-48673872@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 12717PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable. Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. Please be advised that the City of San Antonio does not monitor requests that have been closed.  If a requester desires to seek additional information, or submit a comment to City staff, we recommend the creation of a new request, or a direct email to the staff who responded to the now closed request. You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center. City of San Antonio To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "My Records Center." Open Government Page (http://www.sanantonio.gov/opengovernment.aspx)---On Aug. 13, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.Thank you for your help.---On July 29, 2014:Good afternoon Mr. Feathers,Your requested has been forwarded to our Open Records Unit, please expect a response from that unit. Thank you and have a nice day.Romana LopezMedia ServicesSan Antonio Police DepartmentOffice: (210) 207-7579Fax: (210) 207-7567---On July 29, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because 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 on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.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 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 12717-48673872@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 12717PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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From: Todd Feathers

Linda,

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding your questions. I am only seeking a list of the lawsuits, not any of the court documents themselves. I'm not sure how San Antonio's system is constructed, but other city attorneys offices I made the same request to were able to segregate the cases down to the type of lawsuit, and also provide the amounts of any settlements or judgments in the cases. If that is possible, I would ideally like a list of only civil rights and tort lawsuits filed against the police department since 2009. If that's not possible within your system, a complete list of civil lawsuits filed against the police department would be just fine.

Thank you again for your help, and if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to call or email me.

Sincerely,
Todd Feathers
608-698-5806

From: San Antonio Police Department

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