Joshua Freed e-mail with mayors/managers since 2016-09-01 (SeaTac)

Phil Mocek filed this request with the SeaTac City Manager's Office of SeaTac, WA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

PRR17-353

Status
Completed

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From: Phil Mocek

To whom it may concern:

## Background ##

On September 15, 2016, Seattle's, Auburn's, Renton's and King County's [Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force][1] issued a set of [recommendations][2] comprising a strategy for confronting the region's growing heroin and opioid epidemic. The recommendations focused on prevention, increasing access to treatment on demand, and reducing the number of fatal overdoses. Among those recommendations was that a pilot project be initiated with the establishment of two supervised consumption spaces--public health facilities also known by several other names, including community health engagement locations, in which people living with substance use disorder would be allowed to use otherwise-prohibited drugs in a clean environment that provides supervision, medical assistance, and connections to health care and long-term treatment. The task force recommended that for the pilot program, one of these facilities be located in Seattle and the other be located elsewhere in King County. About four months later, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine formally [accepted all recommendations][3] issued by the task force.

[1]: <http://kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/mental-health-substance-abuse/task-forces/heroin-opiates-task-force.aspx>
[2]: <http://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2016/September/15-heroin-opioid-task-force-report.aspx>
[3]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/seattle-king-county-move-to-create-2-injection-sites-for-drug-users/>

On May 11, 2017, a public initiative to ban supervised consumption sites in King County was [announced][4]. Chief sponsor of the proposed initiative (I-27) is Bothell City Council member Joshua Freed. The campaign formed a political action committee called Impaction, and Freed was later [reported][5] as the top donor to the PAC, having contributed $40,000 to it.

[4]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/initiative-proposed-to-ban-heroin-safe-injection-sites-in-king-county/>
[5]: <http://seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/injectionsites-signatures/>

In an e-mail dated August 18, 2017, Andy Rheaume, mayor of Bothell, Washington, wrote to Joshua Freed, former mayor and current member of Bothell City Council, reporting that Mr. Freed had previously sent both inaccurate and misleading information about supervised consumption sites to unspecified mayors in multiple King County cities:

> Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:34:52 +0000
> From Andy Rheaume <Andy.Rheaume@bothellwa.gov>
> To: Joshua Freed <Joshua.Freed@bothellwa.gov>,
> Jennifer Phillips <jennifer.phillips@bothellwa.gov>,
> Tris Samberg <Tris.Samberg@bothellwa.gov>,
> Paul Byrne <Paul.Byrne@bothellwa.gov>
> Subject: Re: Heroin Injection Sites
>
> Josh,
>
> Its completely [inappropriate] for you to dictate to the city manager and the
> mayor when and how agenda items will be scheduled. Please review the council
> protocol manual. In addition, from what I understand from other mayors,
> cities have no need to adopt a ban on injection sites based on the language
> of the king county council ordinance.
>
> The city manager responsibility is to determine what the staff can handle. It
> is not appropriate for an individual council member to direct a city manager,
> and to think its OK to have a council member write an ordinance for council
> consideration.
>
> You sent an email to king county mayors other than me, indicating that the
> Bothell City Council will ban injection sites in September. The Bothell City
> Council has not weighed in on this issue in any way. For this fact alone, you
> do not have my support to have this added to any agenda while you are on
> council.
>
> Andy Rheaume
> Mayor of Bothell

## Request ##

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request all e-mail correspondence between Joshua Freed and your city's mayor and/or city manager since September 1, 2016. This should include messages to or from any e-mail address used by Mr. Freed, either public or private (e.g., joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us, joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov, joshuafreed@mac.com, info@impacwa.com, etc.) This should include but not be limited to any of the messages cited by Bothell mayor Andy Rheaume when he wrote of Mr. Freed's messages to various King County mayors that reportedly contained both inaccurate information and misleading information pertaining to plans for supervised drug consumption sites or to the potential banning thereof.

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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From:

You have submitted a request for the following public record from the City of SeaTac:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request all e-mail correspondence between Joshua Freed and your city&#39;s mayor and/or city manager since September 1, 2016. This should include messages to or from any e-mail address used by Mr. Freed, either public or private (e.g., joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us, joshua.freed@bothellwa.gov, joshuafreed@mac.com, info@impacwa.com, etc.) This should include but not be limited to any of the messages cited by Bothell mayor Andy Rheaume when he wrote of Mr. Freed&#39;s messages to various King County mayors that reportedly contained both inaccurate information and misleading information pertaining to plans for supervised drug consumption sites or to the potential banning thereof. 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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Attached is&nbsp;a response to your Public Records Request. You may access the responsive records to this request by
1.&nbsp;Navigating to the City of SeaTac website: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us
2.&nbsp;Select &ldquo;How Do I&hellip;&rdquo;
3.&nbsp;Select &ldquo;View My Public Records Request&rdquo;
4.&nbsp;Enter the assigned Tracking Number
5.&nbsp;Enter the associated Phone Number
6.&nbsp;Select Submit
This will direct you to your correspondence and any responsive records associated with your request.
If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact the City Clerk&#39;s Office at 206.973.4660.

Zenetta Young
Records Manager
City of SeaTac
zyoung@ci.seatac.wa.us
206.973.4660

This communication may be subject to public disclosure laws of the State of Washington (RCW.42.56).

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From: Phil Mocek

Dear Ms. Young,

I submitted this with my request on September 14, but for your convenience, I repeat now that "I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not."

As you are likely aware, the PRA allows you, in lieu of providing copies of records as requested, to provide a specific link to the location on your website where a requested record is available, so long as the requester does not indicate inability to access the Internet for such purpose. It does not allow you to opt for locking records in a special computer system that the requester may access only by learning to use your system, registering for it, authenticating to it, "clicking around," etc., nor to opt for placing records under a rock in a park and having the requester go there, speak some code words, and look under the rock to find the copies. It does not allow you--as you did--to send boilerplate to someone with a list of instructions that the person may follow to eventually discover "any responsive records associated with [his or her] request."

If you would provide me with the specific URLs at which I or anyone else my download the responsive records from your agency's website, I am happy to do so instead of receiving them via e-mail attachment or CDROM sent via postal mail.

If the public were required to use various records management and workflow management systems in use by various agencies, we would need to learn how to use each of those particular systems--possibly as many as there are public agencies--in order to access our public records. This would be unduly burdensome on the public, and we have an extremely standardized alternative that has served us well for decades: human language communicated via postal mail, fax, or e-mail.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Zenetta Young

Mr. Mocek,

Thank you for contacting the City regarding your Public Records Request PRR17-353. Unfortunately at this time we do not post our records requests to our website. I have attached the responsive records to your request to this email. Due to the size of the documents (there are 14 attachments), please confirm receipt of all attachments.

Thank you,

Zenetta N. Young
(Zee)
Records Manager
City of SeaTac
zyoung@ci.seatac.wa.us
206.973.4662

This communication may be subject to public disclosure laws of the State of Washington (RCW.42.56).

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