Some of the other records included in my submissions to the PDC can be found on this page. These and others were not cited; nevertheless, they're interesting to read.
Date: Friday, August 19, 2011 8:38 PM
To: email@example.com; LindaM@spokaneschools.org
Subject: Fwd: Draft Levy Information Presentation
See feedback below from some of our levy leadership team.
From: "Scott Jones" SJones@fidelityins.com
To: "Mike Livingston" Mikel@khco.com
Subject: RE: Draft Levy information Presentation
From: Mike Livingston [mailto:Mikel@khco.com]
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:01 PM
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org‘; Scott Jones; Deana Brower; email@example.com
Subject: RE: Draft Levy Information Presentation
601 W. Main, Suite 400
Spokane, WA 99201
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:57 PM
To: Scott Jones; Mike Livingston; Deana Brower; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Draft Levy Information Presentation
Following is information regarding open government laws in Washington State, and a brief timeline of my efforts regarding records from Spokane Public Schools. I'm providing it to assist with understanding and appreciation of laws on open government, not to imply that records provided on this blog are examples of any violation of any law or procedure.
- Records from Washington State government agencies are accessible to the people via the Public Records Act, a law that was passed in 1974 by the people and for the people. Many government agencies in Washington State have made concerted efforts over several years to undermine the Public Records Act.
- A January 2011 records request of mine produced records regarding Spokane Public School's levies. A July 2011 request produced records on then-school board candidate Deana Brower.
- In September 2011, some of the records led to a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. The PDC was asked to investigate whether school district administrators violated RCW 42.17.130, which concerned Disclosure, Campaign Finances, and Lobbying, and which forbid the use of a public office or public agency facilities in elective campaigns.
- The PDC's investigation of Spokane Public Schools is Case #12-145.
- In February 2012, I filed a lawsuit to obtain records the district did not provide in response to the January 2011 request on the levies. From February 2012 through September 2013, in response to the lawsuit, the district provided eight more installments containing thousands of records.
- RCW 42.30 is the Washington State Open Meetings Act, which ensures that government agencies operate in an open and transparent manner.
"The legislature finds and declares that all public commissions, boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, departments, divisions, offices, and all other public agencies of this state and subdivisions thereof exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of this chapter that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. . . . All meetings of the governing body of a public agency shall be open and public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the governing body of a public agency, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. . . . No governing body of a public agency shall adopt any ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, order, or directive, except in a meeting open to the public and then only at a meeting, the date of which is fixed by law or rule, or at a meeting of which notice has been given according to the provisions of this chapter. Any action taken at meetings failing to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be null and void."