|Submitted||Oct. 19, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:
I am requesting a list of appeals to San Francisco's Rent Arbitration Board, including the results of each appeal and whether the Board decided the appeal in favor of the landlord or tenant, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. I request that the information be provided in the form of a spreadsheet. Some of this information is already publicly available in the dataset "Appeals to the Rent Board" on the website data.sfgov (https://data.sfgov.org/Housing-and-Buildings/Appeals-to-the-Rent-Board/w2ze-eag5). However, I am requesting information about whether each appeal in 2016 was decided in favor of the landlord or the tenant.
It is in the public interest to know whether the Rent Arbitration Board decides an appeal in favor of the landlord or tenant because the Board is using taxpayer funds and the people of San Francisco have trusted the Board with upholding the laws and regulations of their city.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I'm making this request on the behalf of a journalism organization (Peninsula Press at Stanford Journalism) and believe the request is in the public interest. The requested
documents will be made available to the general public free of charge at the Peninsula Press.
Because I am making this request on behalf of a journalism organization, I request a fee waiver. 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. Should you need to, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 19, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Dear Ms. Corse:
The Rent Board has received a follow up fax today, October 30, 2017 to the California Public Records Act request that was originally received by our agency on October 20, 2017. In your original request, you provided the email address “email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>” as an address where our agency could contact you if need be.
Dear Ms. Corse:
This email is in response to your California Public Records Act request received by our office on October 20, 2017. You have requested a list of appeals including the results of each appeal and whether the Board decided the appeal in favor of the landlord or tenant, from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. You have also requested that such data be available in the form of a spreadsheet. Please be advised that the Public Records Act requires an agency to produce non-exempt records in its possession, but does not require agencies to either create new documents that do not currently exist or to respond to generalized requests for information. The Rent Board does not maintain a spreadsheet of the data you have requested and thus is not required to provide this information to you in spreadsheet form.
Rent Board commission meeting minutes detailing an outline of each appeal and the vote of the Board for the time period listed in your request are available on our website sfrb.org<http://sfrb.org> , at the following location: http://sfrb.org/meetings/9?field_date_value%5Bvalue%5D%5Byear%5D=2016 For your convenience, I am attaching copies of those meeting minutes to this email.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Christina A. Varner
San Francisco Rent Board
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-4650 direct
(415) 252-4602 counseling line