It’s taken two months of almost constant hounding, more than a dozen blog posts, pressure from the mayor of San Diego and dozens of phone calls, voicemails and e-mails, but, this morning, the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. finally handed over virtually un-redacted copies of Corporate Counsel Regina Petty’s legal bills.
Here’s how the records request battle played out:
In the wake of the SEDC bonus scandal, I first put in a request for the documents on Sept. 4.
On Sept. 25, three weeks after I had submitted the request, I called Petty’s office to find out when the documents would be available. (By law, SEDC had 10 days to respond to the request). I spoke to Petty’s assistant, who told me that she had just spent five hours collating the records, and that they were ready for me to view, but that Petty had to look at them first.
The same assistant told me Petty was going to France the next day and wouldn’t be back until Oct. 2. As soon as Petty got back, I’d get the documents, I was told.
I waited until Petty got back from her trip. Then I started to call the office daily. My calls were forwarded to Petty’s voicemail. On Oct. 6, we officially began Petty Watch, updating this blog, with excruciating detail, with each advance of the public records fight and with each ignored phone call.