On December 11, 203 I filed a Public Records Request with the City Clerk requesting the minutes of the Transition Team Public Safety Committee
The e-mail thread is below.
December 12, 2013
To MeCathy DavisTish Elston
Dec 12, 2013
Your request has been received and forwarded for response.
January 5, 2014
To Eva Andujar
Happy New Year Eva:
Any update on this request?
January 6, 2014
I know Cathy spoke with you December 12 concerning your request (we do not have copies of the minutes) Please see my note below to Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich. thank you.
>>> Eva Andujar 1/6/2014 9:54 AM >>>
Please let me know when the Public Safety Task Group minutes will be available for public access. Dr. Webb has again inquired as to when he can expect same and I would like to provide him with a time frame. Thank you.
Have a good day.
>>> Tish Elston 12/18/2013 9:40 AM
That's fine, Dr. Y. I'll wait to receive them after they've gone through the process. Tish
>>> 12/17/2013 6:18 PM >>>
Thanks for the reminder. No, copies have not been sent to Gene Webb at this time. The Transition team, a group of volunteers largely consisting of private citizens, has its own procedures, which will be followed under the direction of the private, volunteer private-sector Transition Team Co-Chairs. The Minutes must be approved by the Chair and the members of the Task Group, and then submitted to the appropriate Transition Team Co-Chair for processing. They then will be submitted to the volunteer Interim Chief of Staff, who passes them on to you and your City Web Masters for entry and posting on the Mayor-Elect's Web Site.
At that time, when the Minutes have been officially submitted and posted, I shall honor the Request for Information from Gene Webb. Each Task Group which I oversee (as Co-Chair/Coordinator) will follow this procedure. I believe that the Task Groups coordinated by Co-Chair, Andy M. Hayes, also are following the same procedure. In any case, the Public Safety Task Group is one which I coordinate and I am following the above procedure.
Please let me know if there are other requests or if you have additional questions. As usual, Thank you so very much for your follow-up and your assistance.
YVONNE SCRUGGS-LEFTWICH, Ph.D.
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC JUSTICE, INC.
P. O. BOX 10505
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
727:209-8257 - FAX
For the record report is now on line at The Mayors Public Safety Transition Team Report .
The Public Records Request, however was never filled as required by State Statute.
We can probably write this one off to all the confusion surrounding the startup of the new administration.
But with all that horse power and expense in the new "Office of The Mayor" attention to transparency should be a high priority.