Sonoma City Councilmember Barnett’s numbers on dispensaries in Sonoma County cities aren’t correct. Our commentary sets the record straight.
Accountability is a bedrock of representative government. It is about trust between government and citizens. The appearance of questionable behavior hurts public trust. This is why we filed a PRA request with the city for all documents related to the second dispensary process from the last year.
Regarding the PRA request, per Government Code Section 6253, the City of Sonoma must respond to all requests for records within ten calendar days of receipt of the request. The response may include the production of records but alternately may also specify an extension of the production time or an exemption from public disclosure.
The city acknowledged receipt via email on the day it was filed, Nov 21. Ten calendar days takes it out to December 1. Today’s date is, of course, December 9.
We have yet to receive further communication regarding the City’s determination on whether it has records that are responsive to my request under the Public Records Act.
We also have received no communication regarding the City’s right to extend the response time beyond the ten-day period, which should state the reason or reasons for the extension and the anticipated date of the response within the 14-day extension period.
The City appears to be in violation of the Act. We, of course, will follow up…