When the shitty local Humboldt press wont investigate We must do it ourselves.

Peace be with you

I got this emailed to me from my friend and compatriot in Santa Cruz, Robert Norse. I know I will be using this information soon, and I hope it helps others out there too.

love eternal

To all interested parties:
For the last 6 years I have been using the Calif Public Records Act, Govt. Code Sections 6250 et.seq. (as well as similar codes in Arizona and the Federal Freedom of Information Act) to obtain AT NO “STAFFTIME” COST ANY AND ALL DOCUMENTS, RECORDS , MEMORANDA, POLICIES, EMAIL,CORRESPONDENCE, LEGISLATIVE RECORD, STAFF REPORT, JOURNALS, TIME CARDS,SCHEDULES, PLANS & BLUEPRINTS, COURT RECORDS, RECORD SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS(including video & surveillance cameras), PERSONNEL RULES, JOB DESCRIPTIONS, HISTORIC RECORDS, “OBSOLETE” ORDINANCES, ORIGINAL RESOLUTIONS, MEETING MINUTES, OFFICIAL RECORDS (deeds, title encumbrances,notices of merger), MAPS, ASSESSOR’S RECORDS, and you-name-it, from the County of Santa Cruz, the State of California, the City of Santa Cruz (and every one of their departments), Police Depts (SC City, Sheriffs, Highway Patrol, USFS, City of Tucson).

Within the next year I will be giving classes & workshops on how to do this effectively with ANY GOVT. AGENCY.



6253. (a)Public records are open to inspection at all times during

the office hours of the state or local agency and every person has a

right to inspect any public record,except as hereafter provided.

Any reasonably segregable portion of a record shall be available for

inspection by any person requesting the record after deletion of the

portions that are exempted by law.

(b) Except with respect to public records exempt from disclosure

by express provisions of law, each state or local agency, upon a

request for a copy of records that reasonably describes an

identifiable record or records, shall make the records promptly

available to any person upon payment of fees covering direct costs of

duplication, or a statutory fee if applicable. Upon request, an

exact copy shall be provided unless impracticable to do so.

(NOTE: I always ask to “make the records available for my review” which means I pay NO COPY COSTS! I ALWAYS ASK FOR ELECTRONIC COPIES, IF AVAILABLE.

Which means you can get a whole CD of info (for ex. an entire county budget or massive rules manual)for the cost of a CD ($1 or less).

If they charge a “statutory fee” I can take a digital image with my camera!

Existing case law says they cannot charge you for that!!

(c) Each agency, upon a request for a copy of records, shall,

within 10 days from receipt of there quest, determine whether the

request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable public

records in the possession of the agency and shall promptly notify the

person making the request of the determination and the reasons

therefor. In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in

this section may be extended by written notice by the head of the

agency or his or her designee to the person making the request,

setting forth the reasons for the extension and the date on which a

determinationis expected to be dispatched. No notice shall specify

a date that would result in an extension for more than 14 days. When

the agency dispatches the determination, and if the agency

determines that the request seeks disclosable public records, the

agency shall state the estimated date and time when the records will

be made available. As used in this section, ‘unusual circumstances’

means the following, but only to the extent reasonably necessary to

theproper processing of the particular request:

(1) The need to search for and collect the requested records from

fieldfacilities or other establishments that are separate from the

office processing the request.

(2) The need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a

voluminousamount of separate and distinct records that are demanded

in a single request.

(3) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all

practicable speed, with another agency having substantial interest in

the determination of the request or among two or more components of

the agency having substantial subject matter interest therein.

(4) The need to compile data, to write programming language or a

computer program, or to construct a computer report to extract data.

(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to permit an agency

to delay or obstruct the inspection or copying of public records.

The notification of denial of any request for records required by

Section 6255 shall set forth the names and titles or positions of

each person responsible for the denial.

(e) Except as otherwise prohibited by law, a state or local agency

may adopt requirements for itself that allow for faster, more

efficient,or greater access to records than prescribed by the

minimum standards set forth in this chapter.

6253.1. (a) When a member of the public requests to inspect a

public record or obtain a copy of a public record, the public agency,

in order to assist the member of the public make a focused and

effective request that reasonably describes an identifiable record or

records, shall do all of the following, to the extent reasonable

under the circumstances:

(1) Assist the member of the public to identify records and

information that are responsive to the request or to the purpose of

the request, if stated.

(2) Describe the information technology and physical location in

which the records exist.

(3) Provide suggestions for overcoming any practical basis for

denying access to the records or information sought.

(NOTE: This is the code section that requires them to answer“preliminary questions” to help identify exactly which “records”(rules, regulations, policies, memos, laws ordinances, interpretations, etc.etc.) apply!!

(b)The requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall be

deemed to have been satisfied if the public agency is unable to

identify the requested information after making a reasonable effort

to elicit additional clarifying information from the requester that

will help identify the record or records.

(c) The requirements of subdivision (a) are in addition to any

action required of a public agency by Section 6253.

(d) This section shall not apply to a request for public records

ifany of the following applies:

(1) The public agency makes available the requested records

pursuant to Section 6253.

(2) The public agency determines that the request should be denied

and bases that determination solely on an exemption listed in


(3) The public agency makes available an index of its records.

I have been to court several times over extensive records requests, including battling the City of Santa Cruz when they actually tried to get an injunction to bar me from any City office or officer. I fought them pro se and won a stipulation requiring them to comply with the law.

The County has resisted me a number of times at staff level, but their administrators and management have ALWAYS HONORED MY RECORDS REQUESTS.

In the last 3 ½ years I have made dozens of information requests to the County involving over 5000 pp. of documents, MANY WHICH HAVE TO BE PULLED FROM STORAGE. I have maybe paid $200 total in copying & statutory fees AND NEVER A DIME OF “STAFF TIME”.

I’d be glad to help anyone –tho I’m very busy with my own property development & management.

Just call me at 831-704-7108 Early mornings are best. Also evenings between 8&9pm.

Please be “to the point” with questions or requests.

I have many examples of CPRA requests I have sent.


Anyone has my complete permission to distribute this email to interested parties.

With Liberty & Justice for All,

Jhond Golder RedLog Properties PO Box 1457, Felton CA 95018


4 Responses to “When the shitty local Humboldt press wont investigate We must do it ourselves.”

  1. Anonymous Says:


    to schizophrenics.

  2. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you Anonymous

    Are you really sure your a “schizophrenic?” The odds of getting the same diagnosis twice in a row is phenomenal with today’s psychiatry. Do you hear voices? Try googling “hearing voices network.” You can learn to live with your gift, and maybe even learn from it. If you are having violent thoughts and tendencies, which I think you are, then get imeadiate professional help withdrawing from your meds. This can mean the difference between spending the rest of your life regretting, and spending the rest of your life living.

    I wish you the best my schizophrenic friend, and pray that mental health and the other enforcers stay out of your, and I do mean your literally, life.

    love eternal

  3. Tom Sebourn Says:

    Tad, If you’re going to do a class on this stuff, let me know. Send info to eurekapsa@bicoastalmedia.com You may address it to Tom Sebourn

    I am a part of that shitty local press although I don’t do that much local stuff because we already have a guy on that beat, J.B. Mathers, and I spend most of my time fighting Washington.
    I would be willing to give any class you do on this free air time in the form of a psa. If you give us enough lead time, we might be able to drive a lot of people to the class.

  4. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you Tom

    I would think the press would know how to freedom of information act request. I always thought you guys hired lawyers to do that kind of research. I would think you could probably contact Johnd Golder and interview him on the air.

    love eternal

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