CPRA for case data

Kyra Senese filed this request with the Department Of The Medical Examiner of San Diego County, CA.
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From: Kyra Senese

To Whom It May Concern:

Please consider this a Public Records Act request for case records dating May 13 to Oct. 21, 2020. Please respond with the following information for each case:
- case number
- decedent name
- date of death
- location of death
- race
- ethnicity
- age
- gender
- occupation/industry
- whether injury/infection occurred at work
- incident location (street address, city, state, ZIP where injury/infection occurred)
- incident date
- decedent residence (street address, city, state, ZIP)
- cause(s) of death (indicating if COVID related)
- contributing factors
- any other accessible, non-exempt information contained in electronic case records

This information is produced annually on the Medical Examiner's data portal. Please provide a similar spreadsheet report for the dates requested including the information listed above. This request is part of an ongoing collaboration involving the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, the MuckRock Foundation and partner newsrooms across the country. This request is part of a news-gathering process and is intended for educational, not commercial use.

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.

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.

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Kyra Senese
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Columbia University
630-608-8844

From: Department Of The Medical Examiner

M. Senese,

Your request has been received and is in progress. The requested data will be sent to you as soon as it has been prepared.

If you have any questions or need anything further, please contact our office.

Emily McMullen
Administrative Analyst
Office of the Medical Examiner
County of San Diego

From: Kyra Senese

Thank you for providing this update. Please feel free to contact me at kas2317@columbia.edu or by phone at 630-608-8844 with any questions.

Thank you,
Kyra Senese
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Columbia University
630-608-8844

From: Department Of The Medical Examiner

Still in progress, just waiting for a response from our communications officer. It should be ready by the end of this week, but I don't want to make you any guarantees - I will let you know if anything changes.

Emily McMullen
Administrative Analyst
Office of the Medical Examiner
County of San Diego

From: Department Of The Medical Examiner

M. Senese,

I have attached the data you requested. We have redacted all case information for those matters still under investigation by law enforcement pursuant to Government Code sections 6254(f)(investigative records). Additionally, any cases in which the Medical Examiner's investigations are not yet complete are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 6254(a)(preliminary drafts) and Government Code section 6255 (public interest in not jeopardizing the successful investigation into the cause and manner of death clearly outweighs public interest in disclosure of incomplete information).

Please also note that the street addresses are not included, as pursuant to Government Code ยง6254 (k), incorporating the California Constitution article 1 section 1, personal and/or private information of individuals must be withheld from public disclosure.

If you have any questions or need anything further, please contact our office.

Emily McMullen
Administrative Analyst
Office of the Medical Examiner
County of San Diego

From: Kyra Senese

Hi,

Thank you for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. We will be in touch with any questions.

Sincerely,
Kyra Senese

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