Jan. 31, 2020
Attn: Records Access Officer
California Public Utilities Commission
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request for government agency records made under the right of access granted by the Constitution of the State of California as amended by the passage of Prop 59 on Nov. 3, 2004, as well as the provisions of the California Public Records Act, California Government Code §6251, with emphasis on the requirements of 6253.1. This request is dated Jan. 31, 2020.
I assert the right to the following records of the California Public Utilities Commission:
- Copies of the three most recent Form 700s filed by the current CPUC commissioners.
It’s my understanding CPUC Commissioners must report outside income, investments and other information on a disclosure form known as Form 700. I’d like copies of the three most recent disclosures for the current commissioners.
If possible, please provide the requested information in an electronic format. I am a reporter and this request is in the routine course of newsgathering. I am seeking a fee waiver for this request as a working journalist serving the public interest by providing insight into a subject of high importance and interest.
However, if you do not grant my fee waiver, I agree to pay reasonable duplication fees for the processing of this request. Please notify me prior to your incurring any expenses in excess of $25.
I am also requesting these records on a rolling basis, so please send records as they become available, rather than wait for the entire request to be compiled.
I will remind you that if portions of the information I have requested are exempt from disclosure by express provisions of law, government code section 6253 (a) additionally requires segregation and deletion of that material in order that the remainder of the information be released.
If you determine that an express provision of law exists to exempt from disclosure all or a portion of the material I have requested, Government Code Section 6253(c) requires notification to me of the reasons for that determination. In addition, be advised that the Constitution of the State of California, as amended by Prop. 59, requires that you take the broadest possible position to disclose these records when reviewing this request. It is also your constitutional duty to take the narrowest possible view of any exemptions to disclosure of these records. As you know, the act allows you 10 days to research this matter, collect responsive records, and issue determinations which, if any, of those records, are subject to narrow exemptions to disclosure. The 10-day period begins today, Jan. 31, the date this request was sent to you.
I also draw your attention to Government Code section 6253.1, which requires a public agency to assist the public in making a focused and effective request by (1) identifying records and information responsive to the request, (2) describing the information technology and physical location in which the records exist, and (3) providing suggestions for overcoming any practical basis for denying access to the records or information sought. Please provide your full compliance with 6253.1 should the need arise.
Thank you for your assistance with this request.
Robert Lewis, Reporter
San Francisco Chronicle