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Bernard Rodriguez filed this request with the Department of Transportation of Washington.
Tracking # 16-1285
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From: Bernard Rodriguez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Documents, emails and data provided to Seattle Times and/or reporter Mike Lindblom: (mlindblom@seattletimes.com)for the following article:

< http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/sinkhole-led-to-big-worries-over-berthas-tunnel-digging-work/ >

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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,

Bernard Rodriguez

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

Your public disclosure request was assigned to me. Before I can acknowledge it, I would like to clarify the request.

We fulfilled several requests for Mr. Lindblom and other journalists for the Seattle Times. We have no knowledge what specific "Documents, emails and data" Mr. Lindblom used to write the article you are referring to. Perhaps, you could ask him and let us know which PDR would be the one you need?

Or you could specify the topic of the documents, emails, etc. you are interested in to use and we can find the records you want. Also, please provide the time frame of your request.

It would be easier for us to find responsive records with more details from you. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

April 18, 2016
Department of Transportation
310 Maple Park Avenue SE
P.O. Box 47300
Olympia, WA 98504-7300

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Documents, emails and data provided to Seattle Times and/or reporter Mike Lindblom: (mlindblom@seattletimes.com)for<mailto:mlindblom@seattletimes.com)for> the following article:

< http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/sinkhole-led-to-big-worries-over-berthas-tunnel-digging-work/ >

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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,

Bernard Rodriguez

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From: Bernard Rodriguez

Ms. Bakhareva,

Thank your for your response.

For clarification, I am interested in receiving all of the documents provided to Mr. Lindblom and the Seattle Times through the date of this request.

To be clear, I'm requesting:

1) Everything provided to Mr. Lindblom by your agency from Jan 1, 2016 — through the date of this request.
2) - Everything provided to The Seattle Times by your agency from Jan 1, 2016 — through the date of this request.

Because, these documents have already been provided to a requester I expect there will be no delay in providing them in a timely manner.

I hope this is clarifies my request. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any other questions you may have regarding this request.

Thank you again for your patience,

-- Bernard Rodriguez

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

Thank you for your prompt response. I will acknowledge your updated request shortly. However, we still have to respect those who submitted their requests before you.

Sincerely,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

The attached letter formally acknowledges your request for records. Please use the tracking number PDR 16-1285 in your further correspondence regarding this request.

With today's acknowledgement, we are in the process of locating responsive records and will provide them within 30 days or earlier.

Sincerely,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

The records located in response to your request will be available at the following secure ftp site for three (3) days: https://sftp.wsdot.wa.gov

Please be sure to download all 19 records, approximately 400 MB, by Wednesday, May 4, 2016. After that date, they will be removed from our server.

You will need the following information to log in:

Username = SFTPAWV
Password = SRmI3tzF

Attached to this message, you will find a letter formally closes this request.

Let me know if you have any questions and /or problems with downloading the information. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

From: Bernard Rodriguez

Ms. Bakhareva,

Thank you so much for the response and these documents.

I've tried logging into the site a few times now, across multiple computers and browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and have been unable to login.

Can you confirm that these credentials are now live? And that the documents are accessible?

Thank you again for your continued patience and I look forward to any help you can provide.

--
Bernard Rodriguez
310-210-9226

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

Yes, I can confirm that records are on our secure FTP site. I checked it myself before sending the email of completion to you. Please clean your browsing history and check again. Please copy and paste, do not type. Let me know if it’s still a problem. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

From: Bernard Rodriguez

Ms. Bakhareva,

There seems to be some trouble with the logging into the site. Since your last email I have attempted to login from multiple machines in various locations, and verifying the results on computers in multiple states.

I now feel certain stating that the credentials you've offered are not currently functioning.

Is providing new credentials possible? Or burning a CD/DVD with the materials?

Please advice as soon as you are able.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

--
Bernard Rodriguez
310-210-9926

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

I put the files into a different folder. Please go to: https://sftp.wsdot.wa.gov

Please use:
Username = SFTPGreen
Password = EwCUdb6K

Let me know if this works. I can also check with our IT specialist on Monday.

Another option would be to upload to an FTP site that you may have. The files are too big to email. Burning to DVD is possible, but you will have to send your payment first. So it will take longer time to get the records.

Sincerely,

Elena

Please

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

From: Bernard Rodriguez

Hi Elena ,

Switching folders appears to have worked. I've gone ahead and downloaded the files.

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Bernard Rodriguez

From: Bakhareva, Elena

Hello Mr. Rodriguez,

I am glad that it worked out. I don’t know why the first folder did not work for you when it worked for me. But anyway, I am happy that we were able to provide you with the records that you requested.

Regards,

Elena Bakhareva
Public Disclosure Coordinator
WSDOT: Alaskan Way Viaduct & Toll Division
Tel. (206) 805-2837
Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov<mailto:Elena.Bakhareva@wsdot.wa.gov>

NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: This e-mail account is public domain. Any correspondence from or to this e-mail account may be a public record. Accordingly, this e-mail, in whole or in part, may be subject to disclosure pursuant to RCW 42.56, regardless of any claim of confidentiality or privilege asserted by an external party.

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