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 Please limit all communications regarding this request to email. Please do not telephone me regarding this matter.
On May 23, 2017, the City of Oakland released its Cannabis Permit Application. After the application process began, Sid Afshar submitted a Cannabis Permit Application. I request to inspect Mr. Afshar's application. Assistant City Administrator Greg Minor is aware of my incoming request.
I will remind you that if portions of the information I have requested is 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, April 16, 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. The purpose of this request is to obtain the above referenced documents. Please provide your full compliance with 6253.1 should the need arise.
Thank you for your assistance with this routine request.