I’ve fought the city for weeks to get 692 e-mails they kept secret. Finally got some today. What was so super-classified that the city believed disclosing it would’ve harmed the public?
An e-mail a civic activist forwarded from Flex Your Power entitled “22 Ways to Save Energy and Water in an Apartment, and more.”
What’s inexplicable about it: The activist, Don Wood, forwards those e-mails to me, too. The city actually kept e-mails secret from me that were sent to me.
Though Mayor Jerry Sanders has repeatedly pledged to make government decision-making transparent and honest, the city erred on the side of secrecy with absolutely no conceivable legal justification to keep secret e-mails that I already had.
Let’s recap. Three-and-a-half months ago, I sent a straightforward request for records to Darren Pudgil, the spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, asking for e-mails about the city’s now-shelved water cuts plan. They’re public documents under state law.