Dear Oakland Records Custodian,
This is a California Public Records Act request.
I am seeking records pertaining to the effect the coronavirus pandemic will have, or could have, on the City of Oakland's finances, and the city's efforts to anticipate and respond to this fiscal challenge. Please provide me with the following:
1. Any and all records (memos, reports, emails, letters, presentations) that describe the possible and/or real impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the City of Oakland's tax receipts, including but not limited to sales taxes, parcel taxes, real estate transfer taxes, property taxes, any special taxes, gas tax, business license tax, transient occupancy tax, parking tax, franchise tax, utility consumption tax.
2. Any and all records pertaining to the possible and/or real impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the City of Oakland's pension obligations and liabilities, including payments to be made to CalPERS, PFRS, and any other retirement obligations, unfunded liabilities, and the value of assets held by these pension funds for Oakland retirees.
3. Any and all records pertaining to the use of the city's "rainy day fund" in response to the coronavirus pandemic's impact on Oakland's budget, including how the reserve could be spent.
4. Any and al records pertaining to or discussing potential budget cuts, layoffs, program reductions, or other cuts in spending.
Please search for records created between the dates of January 1, 2020 and the most recent date available.
For these records, please perform a search within the city's Department of Finance, including records in possession of the Finance Director Adam Benson and his staff; and also Mayor Libby Schaaf and her senior staff; and Interim City Administrator Steven Falk, and any other city officials or staff who would have reason to discuss the city's fiscal strategy in response to the coronavirus crisis.