Request #RT-2837
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Dear Records Custodian, This is a California Public Records Act request. Definition: by "communications" I mean any e-mails, letters, faxes, hand written notes, phone logs, or other conveyances of information between parties. Please provide me with copies, preferably in a standard electronic format, of the following records held by your agency. 1. Any and all communications between any employee or representative of the McConnell Group, and employees of the city of Oakland within the Department of Housing and Community Development. To assist you in your search for records, please note the following information. The McConnell Group is a lobbying organization registered with the city of Oakland: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityAdministration/d/PublicEthics/DOWD005782. Mr. Gregory McConnell is the principal of the McConnell Group, and his web site lists the following persons as employees: Kimberley McConnell and JR McConnell. Mr. Gregory McConnell, Kimberley McConnell and JR McConnell may be using e-mail addresses ending in the web domain "@themcconnellgroup.com", but if other e-mail addresses are discovered to be in use, please include those records also. 2. Any and all communications between employees of the city of Oakland who work in the Department of Housing and Community Development and members of "The McConnell Group Network," which is described on the McConnell Group's web site as "an outstanding team of attorneys, political and media consultants, and pollsters" who work in association with the McConnell Group. Members of this network are not identified individually, however they may represent themselves as such in communications with the city. 3. Any and all communications between any employee of the McConnell Group and any members of the city council or their staff between the dates of December 1, 2013 and Feb 26, 2014 regarding Oakland's (a) rent adjustment program, (b) capital improvement regulations pertaining to landlords, (c) amortization rules related to real estate investments and cost pass throughs to tenants, (d) caps on capital improvement cost pass throughs, (e) petitions for capital improvement rent increases carried out by landlords, and (f) debt service regulations governing landlords in the city of Oakland. 3. Any and all communications between any employee of the McConnell Group and any members of the city council or their staff between the dates of December 1, 2013 and Feb 26, 2014 regarding the following items of legislation: (1) Amendments To Capital Improvement Regulations https://oakland.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1656658&GUID=55E43B44-4F99-4AE0-BDFC-562859FB173C&Options=&Search= (2) An Ordinance Amending The Rent Adjustment Ordinance (O.M.C. 8.22.090B) To Require Property Owners Seeking Rent Increases Based On Capital Improvements To File Owner Petitions - https://oakland.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1656659&GUID=55C24634-7641-480F-92EB-23B49139B765&Options=&Search= (3) Amendments To Debt Service Regulations - https://oakland.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1656660&GUID=4A4C5A96-9A9C-41A7-B1C3-7B957037E25A&Options=&Search= Please provide a determination on this request in 10 days or sooner if possible. Please let me know if you require a 14 day extension. Please contact me if I can further clarify the records I am seeking. Thank you for your hard work.

Received

February 26, 2014 via web


Due

March 21, 2014


Departments

City Administrator

Documents

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Staff

Point of Contact

James A. Bondi

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All documents which the Dept. of Housing and Community Development could identify as responsive have previously been provided. The subsequent forensic email retrieval operation by the Dept. of Information Technology was unable to identify any other responsive materials.
April 18, 2014, 1:48pm by James A. Bondi (Staff)
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Councilmember Schaaf has no records that are responsive to this request.
March 14, 2014, 2:42pm by Shereda Fay Nosakhare (Staff)
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Vice Mayor Reid's office has no records that are responsive to this request.
March 11, 2014, 4:30pm by Patricia Mossburg (Staff)
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Request extended:Additional time is required to answer your public records request. We need to search for, collect, or examine a large number of records (Government Code Section 6253(c)(2)). Additional time is required to answer your public records request. We need to compile data or create a computer report to extract data (Government Code Section 6253(c)(4)).
March 7, 2014, 1:57pm by James A. Bondi (Staff)
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Dear Records Requestor, Your recent request for public records #2837 listed four point of request, all generally regarding communications between City staff or representatives and a Mr. Gregory McConnell, or his various partners and associates. Points one and two of that request asked about such communications which included staff from the City of Oakland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). I am writing in response to those points only. Points three and four were directed to City Council offices, which will respond on their own behalf. I have just uploaded one document which DHCD staff believe to be responsive. These staff inform me that they have no other communications to or from Mr. McConnell, any of his partners in the McConnell Group, or any of his associates in “The McConnell Group network,” during the years 2013 and 2014 pertaining to potential revisions to City rent regulations. I note that your request did not specify only the subject of City rent regulations, nor was it limited to only 2013 and 2014. DHCD staff inform me that Mr. McConnell has represented parties with cases before the Rent Adjustment Board for many years, as you may be aware. Accordingly, a much broader search will be required, including Department of Information Technology resources to forensically retrieve email records, and the City will accordingly require additional time to answer your public records request, as allowed under Government Code Sections 6253(c)(2) and 6253(c)(4). Parenthetically, if in fact your interest is only in the recent communications on the subject of rent regulations we would appreciate knowing this, since it would save the City the time and expense of a larger search which may produce results you are not actually seeking. Please feel free to contact me further as needed. Absent any narrowing of your request, I will be back in touch within the request extension timeframe with the results of our expanded search efforts. Sincerely, James A. Bondi, jbondi@oaklandnet.com, 510-238-6654
March 7, 2014, 1:56pm by James A. Bondi (Staff)
Document(s) Added Staff Only
McConnell_letter_092513.pdf

March 7, 2014, 1:54pm
Document(s) Added Staff Only
PRR__2837._Bondgraham3.7.14.pdf

March 7, 2014, 11:55am
Document(s) Added Staff Only
PRR__2837._Bondgraham3.7.14.pdf

March 7, 2014, 11:49am
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Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan's office has no records that are responsive to this request.
March 6, 2014, 2:00pm by Jason Nicholas Overman (Staff)
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Councilmember Noel Gallo's office has no records that are responsive to this request.
March 5, 2014, 2:58pm by Karely Maribel Ordaz Salto (Staff)
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Councilmember Kalb's office has no records that are responsive to this request.
March 4, 2014, 3:49pm by Oliver Luby (Staff)
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Per Council Member Brooks, District 6 " I have nothing for this Public Record"
February 26, 2014, 1:26pm by Susan A. Sanchez, Executive Assistant to City Council (Staff)
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I have distributed this PRR # 2837 to all City Council District Liaisons.
February 26, 2014, 12:18pm by Susan A. Sanchez, Executive Assistant to City Council (Staff)