Request #19-4151

October 8, 2019

Department of Public Works ,

** Note that all of your responses (including disclosed records) may be automatically and instantly available to the public on the service used to issue this request (though I am not a MuckRock representative). Redact your responses correctly - once you send them to us there is no going back. **

This is a new Immediate Disclosure Request under the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance and the CPRA, made on October 8, 2019 re: your department head's calendars. This is also a 67.21(c) request for the statement of quantity, nature, and form (even if exempt!) for each of #1, 2, and 3, within 7 days without extension. For the quantity of #1, I would like the number of meetings, each of which is an item being requested.

Mr. Heckel, Compliance Officer for the Mayor, made an intriguing assertion at the full SOTF hearing for Case 19047. While the task force ruled against the Mayor for *prior* calendar records, Mr. Heckel appeared to argue that all future meetings of the Mayor are somehow completely secret (the SOTF did not rule on future meetings since they were not requested in 19047). I will be testing that purported claim of exemption. Note that it is implausible that there would be no prospective scheduling information for upcoming events your department head must attend to, even though Prop G requires no such calendar be kept.

All calendars, whether Prop G or not, that your agency prepared, owned, used, or retained re: the public's business are public records (see SOTF 19047, see also, Sup. of Records response of Sept. 6, citing the Good Government Guide).

I suspect your office may attempt to use Gov Code 6254(f). The entirety of a future schedule cannot possibly be confidential law enforcement investigatory records under GC 6254(f). This exemption does not even exist for your office, which is not “the office of the Attorney General [or] the Department of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services [or] any state or local police agency” so the first clause re: security procedures does not apply. Furthermore a calendar cannot be “investigatory or security files compiled by any other state or local agency for correctional, law enforcement, or licensing purposes.” This would an absurd stretch of the words of the statute; every meeting is not "for correctional, law enforcement, or licensing purposes." Information regarding the security detail for the department head may potentially be lawfully withheld under 6254(f) - but there is a lot more to a calendar than a security detail, such as normal political and policy meetings. I don't care about the security detail, and you may exclude the security detail info from responsive records. If you believe certain parts of a meeting record are redactable under 6254(f) or otherwise you must only redact each minimal portion and cite each justification.

All records must be provided in rolling fashion. If you use a web portal you must make all records available completely publicly , without any form of login or terms and conditions.

Please read carefully the exact wording of my request as it is different than my prior ones. Please follow the Ordinance precisely as I am auditing your agency's public records regimen; as you are well aware, every violation of the Sunshine Ordinance will be appealed.

Please provide:

2. REGULAR DISCLOSURE: If the department head or any of the department head's staff uses any invitation/guestlist tracking systems on behalf of the department head (such as Outlook's invite mechanism OR regular emails), those items are included within the scope of this request #2, for the date range in #1. In order to ensure rapid disclosure, in this and only this request, particular formats and headers are NOT specifically requested (though you are welcome to provide them if it can be provided rapidly).

3. REGULAR DISCLOSURE: Furthermore, I request that a City of San Jose v Superior Court (2017) search be performed of the department head, their senior-most deputy, their chief of staff (or equivalent, and deputy chiefs), and all personal/secretarial/administrative assistants, such that each such official either provide all records responsive to #1 that are present on their personal accounts/devices/property (solely to the extent the record or portion thereof relates to the public's business), or provide a declaration/affidavit that no such records exist. All such affidavits are also requested. In order to ensure rapid disclosure, in this and only this request, particular formats and headers are NOT specifically requested (though you are welcome to provide them if it can be provided rapidly).

Please provide only those copies of records available without any fees. If you determine certain records would require fees, please instead provide the required notice of which of those records are available and non-exempt for inspection in-person if we so choose.

I look forward to your immediate disclosure.



October 8, 2019 via email


Public Works





Point of Contact

David A. Steinberg

Request Closed   Hide Public

We have finished conducting a diligent search and found no documents responsive to your request. 

Please note that with regard to the second portion of this request (a "City of San Jose" search), we interpreted your request to mean the following:

  • "department head" referred to Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru.
  • "senior-most deputy" referred to Deputy Director of Public Works John Thomas.
  • "personal/secretarial/administrative assistants" referred to Myisha Hervey.

Also, note that Director Nuru has no "chief of staff (or equivalent, and deputy chiefs").

If these interpretations were not correct, or if you would like to clarify the intent of your request, you are invited to resubmit a request that more clearly sets forth the record or records you are seeking. In addition, the department is available to assist you in formulating a clearer request. Please feel free to contact us for this purpose.


We now consider your request closed.



David A. Steinberg
Custodian of Records
San Francisco Public Works

October 10, 2019, 9:57am
Department Assignment Public
Public Works
October 8, 2019, 11:42am
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
October 8, 2019, 11:42am