Sunday, September 13, 2020

On SARS-CoV-2

Face masks,lies, damn lies, and public health officials: “A growing body of evidence”
Denis G. Rancourt, PhD
Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca)
Working report (not submitted for journal publication), published at Research Gate
3 August 2020


By Prof. Joseph Audie
26 August 2020

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (PRA) REQUEST NUMBERS 2020-064, 2020-066, 2020-067, 2020-068, 2020-070, 2020-072, 2020-073, 2020-074, 2020-075 & CITY RESPONSES, PRA LOG JULY 2020

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-064
REQUEST DATE 7/6/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 7/29/2020
REQUESTOR Paterson
INFORMATION REQUESTED Electrontc copies of correspondence and public records regarding the initial decision to elimtnate overtime for the ambulance as of July 1, 2020 and then the decision to delay that decision until the matter of reductng the estimated $300,000 cost of overtime is discussed further, including correspondence to and from Public Safety Director/Police Chief Paul Tomasi, City Administrator Chip Rerig, any other City employees and Carmel Fire Ambulance, Davtd Jedtnak (ambulance employees' association). Monterey Fire Department, Monterey Firefighters Association, attorney Stuart Adams, and any others commentting on the aforementioned topic; Public records regarding the City's efforts to fill the vacant position which has been vacant for a couple of years.

Hello,

Attached please find the records on file in response to your request dated July 3, 2020, for the following:

Electronic copies of correspondence and public records regarding the initial decision to eliminate overtime for the ambulance as of July 1, 2020 and then the decision to delay that decision until the matter of reducing the estimated $300,000 cost of overtime in discussed further, including correspondence to and from Public Safety Director/Police Chief Paul Tomasi, City Administrator Chip Rerig, any other city employees and Carmel Fire Ambulance, David Jedinak (ambulance employees’ association), Monterey Fire Department, Monterey Firefighters Association, attorney Stuart Adams, and any others commenting on the aforementioned topic.

Public records regarding the City’s efforts to fill the vacant position which has been vacant for a couple of years.

Thank you,

Britt Avrit, MMC
City Clerk
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea


Your request for public records, including your email address, and the City’s response to your request are subject to disclosure as public records under the California Public Records Act.

The City has declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the County of Monterey has issued a “shelter in place” order which is applicable to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Accordingly, except as necessary to provide essential services, City offices are closed, effective March 18, 2020. The closure currently is ordered through April 8, 2020, but may be extended if circumstances warrant.

This Emergency impacts the City’s ability to provide services that are not immediately essential for the protection of public health and safety. The City has determined that responding to public records requests within the statutory time frames are not essential services. For those who wish to submit a request for public records, please continue to submit your request via email. However, you are advised that the City anticipates being delayed with responding to both previously received and new requests in light of the Declared Emergency.
PRA 2020-064 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-066
REQUEST DATE 7/6/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 7/15/2020
REQUESTOR Paterson
INFORMATION REQUESTED Electronic copies of Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department written policies, practices and procedures regarding the monitoring and use of social media, including but not limited to, training, required written documentation when any action is subsequently taken and software, applications and/or databases used to determine threat rating/risk.

Hello,

This email is in response to your request for public records dated July 4, 2020, and received July 6, 2020, for the following:

Electronic copies of Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department written policies, practices and procedures regarding the monitoring and use of social media, including but not limited to, training, required written documentation when any action is subsequently taken and software, applications and/or databases used to determine threat rating/risk.
This information can be found on the City's website at https://ci.carmel.ca.us/post/police-standard-policies-and-practices.

Thank you,

Britt Avrit, MMC
City Clerk
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Your request for public records, including your email address, and the City’s response to your request are subject to disclosure as public records under the California Public Records Act.

The City has declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the County of Monterey has issued a “shelter in place” order which is applicable to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Accordingly, except as necessary to provide essential services, City offices are closed, effective March 18, 2020. The closure currently is ordered through April 8, 2020, but may be extended if circumstances warrant.

This Emergency impacts the City’s ability to provide services that are not immediately essential for the protection of public health and safety. The City has determined that responding to public records requests within the statutory time frames are not essential services. For those who wish to submit a request for public records, please continue to submit your request via email. However, you are advised that the City anticipates being delayed with responding to both previously received and new requests in light of the Declared Emergency.
PRA 2020-066 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-067
REQUEST DATE 7/13/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 8/6/2020
REQUESTOR Paterson
INFORMATION REQUESTED Names/identification of Evaluation Committee members,
i.e. "representatives with expertise and industry knowledge in the areas of building and construction, finance, historic preservation and planmng and development." 2) Names/ldentification of Panel members, i.e."City Council members, community stakeholders and indust ry experts" who conducted interviews "with the highest-ranked prospective curators." 3) public records demonstrating that the City negotiated w1th the second highest ranked curator, namely Joseph G. Headley and family, after the City discontmued negotiations with Negotiating Parties Les Albiol and Patricia Albiol in May 2020. 4) 0nce the "finalists" were determined in April 2019, correspondence from the City to rejected applicants notifying them regarding the status of their proposals, namely Jennifer Blevins and Martin Watson, Michael and Brittncy Buffo, Raquel M. Carter and William J. Gordon, and correspondence to the "finalists," namely Joseph G., Lisa, Grant and Jake Headley and Les and Tnsh Albiol. And any subsequent correspondence from the applicants to the City and from the City to the applicants to the present.

Hello,

Attached please find the records on file in response to your request dated July 12, 2020, for the following:

1. Names/identification of Evaluation Committee members, i.e. “representatives with expertise and industry knowledge in the areas of building and construction, finance, historic preservation and planning and development.”

2. Names/identification of Panel members, i.e.“City Councilmembers, community stakeholders and industry experts” who conducted interviews “with the highest-ranked prospective curators.”

3. With regard to the statement “If the City and the selected curator are not able to reach consensus, negotiations will cease and the City will negotiate with the second-highest ranked curator:” public records demonstrating that the City negotiated with the second-highest ranked curator, namely Joseph G. Headley and family, after the City discontinued negotiations with Negotiating Parties Les Albiol and Patricia Albiol in May 2020.

4. Once the “finalists” were determined in April 2019, correspondence from the City to rejected applicants notifying them regarding the status of their proposals, namely Jennifer Blevins and Martin Watson, Michael and Brittney Buffo, Raquel M. Carter and William J. Gordon, and correspondence to the “finalists,” namely Joseph G., Lisa, Grant and Jake Headley and Les and Trish Albiol. And any subsequent correspondence from the applicants to the City and from the City to the applicants to the present.


There are no records to provide for #1; the committee consisted of Robert Harary (building and construction), Sharon Friedrichsen (finance), and Marnie Waffle (historic preservation and planning and development). There are no records to provide for #3.

There have been redactions, as shown by the blank areas, which are not subject to production based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(k).

Thank you,

Britt Avrit, MMC
City Clerk
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Your request for public records, including your email address, and the City’s response to your request are subject to disclosure as public records under the California Public Records Act.

The City has declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the County of Monterey has issued a “shelter in place” order which is applicable to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Accordingly, except as necessary to provide essential services, City offices are closed, effective March 18, 2020. The closure currently is ordered through April 8, 2020, but may be extended if circumstances warrant.

This Emergency impacts the City’s ability to provide services that are not immediately essential for the protection of public health and safety. The City has determined that responding to public records requests within the statutory time frames are not essential services. For those who wish to submit a request for public records, please continue to submit your request via email. However, you are advised that the City anticipates being delayed with responding to both previously received and new requests in light of the Declared Emergency.
PRA 2020-067 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-068
REQUEST DATE 7/13/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 7/20/2020
REQUESTOR Kelly Mills, Cochran Investment Company, Inc.
INFORMATION REQUESTED unclaimed/uncashed checks July 2016 to Jan 2020
PRA 2020-068 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-070
REQUEST DATE 7/17/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 7/27/2020
REQUESTOR Katey Rusch & Casey Smith
INFORMATION REQUESTED agreements regarding discipline between the City of Carmel and/or Carmel Police Department and former or current employees of the Carmel Police Department.
PRA 2020-070 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-072
REQUEST DATE 7/21/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE
REQUESTOR Daniel Rojas
INFORMATION REQUESTED any and all documents related to former Administrative Services Director Susan Paul's separation of employment from Carmel By the Sea, which occurred in or around September 2014. Such document s should include e-mails, agreements reached with Ms. Paul, if any, and other correspondence among Carmel By the Sea management concerning Ms. Paul's work performance
PRA 2020-072 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-073
REQUEST DATE 7/23/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE 8/3/2020
REQUESTOR Ivan Kranjcec
INFORMATION REQUESTED current employee/staff contact information
PRA 2020-073 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-074
REQUEST DATE 7/27/2020 clarified 8/3/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE
REQUESTOR Paterson
INFORMATION REQUESTED correspondence from residents and business owners/employees, including but not limited to, correspondence from Shaheen Alnuaimi (Mission Bistro), addressed to t he city complaining of the city's actions and conduct related to the coronavirus pandemic, and city responses, between mid-March 2020 and the present
NOTES 7/31/2020; sent email requesting the request be more specific

Hello,

Attached please find the records on file in response to your request for records dated August 3, 2020, for the following:

SUPERSEDING, REVISED PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REQUEST

Electronic copies of complaint correspondence to the City, including but not limited to correspondence from Shaheen Alnuaimi (Mission Bistro) and Chris Kitterman, and City responses, if any, regarding the City’s reactions to the County’s Shelter-In-Place Orders, between March 18, 2020 and the present, specifically involving the actions and conduct of City Administrator Chip Rerig and City Councilmember Bobby Richards.


Thank you,

Britt Avrit, MMC
City Clerk
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Your request for public records, including your email address, and the City’s response to your request are subject to disclosure as public records under the California Public Records Act.

The City has declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the County of Monterey has issued a “shelter in place” order which is applicable to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Accordingly, except as necessary to provide essential services, City offices are closed, effective March 18, 2020. The closure currently is ordered through April 8, 2020, but may be extended if circumstances warrant.

This Emergency impacts the City’s ability to provide services that are not immediately essential for the protection of public health and safety. The City has determined that responding to public records requests within the statutory time frames are not essential services. For those who wish to submit a request for public records, please continue to submit your request via email. However, you are advised that the City anticipates being delayed with responding to both previously received and new requests in light of the Declared Emergency.
PRA 2020-074 City Response

REQUEST NUMBER 2020-075
REQUEST DATE 7/31/2020
STATUS
COMPLETED DATE
REQUESTOR Hayden Hodges
INFORMATION I am requesting a list of all citations that the City of Carmel-By-The-Sea has issued for violations of the Monterey Public Health Order or the State Public Health Order in regard to COVID-19. The date range for this part of my request is March 1st, 2020 to July 30th, 2020. I am requesting a list of all current sworn police officers that currently work for the City of Carmel-By-The-Sea. I am requesting the amount of revenue that was generated from parking citations in the City of Carmel-By-The-Sea for the year of 2019. I am requesting a list of all current parking enforcement officers that are employed by t he City of Carmel-By-The-Sea and their current pay rate. I am requesting the amount of citations that were paid, the amount of citations that were issued, and the amount of citations that were appealed in the year of 2019. I am requesting the results of appeals for Parking Citations in the year of 2019. Please provide me with the number of appeals that were accepted and waived and the amount of appeals that were denied.
PRA 2020-075 City Response

Saturday, September 12, 2020

City Administrator Chip Rerig: FRIDAY LETTERS, September 11, 2020

FRIDAY LETTER, September 11, 2020
Focus on the safety and well-being of the community
The Art of Good Government is Communication
Update
(9.11.20)
 
Today's highlights include:
  • Thank you to everyone for their patience last weekend with the number of visitors to Carmel and the beach closure
  • Thank you PD, Fire, and ambulance for assistance with beach closure.  A big thank you to the City's CERT volunteers for once again stepping up and helping us out
  • Received good news about the City's S and P Global rating (credit), looks like we will retain our AAA credit rating.  Thank you to Sharon Friedrichsen and Robin Scattini for all their hard work
  • Mayor’s ad hoc committee on outdoor seating will convene a meeting soon to discuss what coverings will look like for winter
  • Thank you to HR for putting together annual staff flu clinic
  • October City Council meeting - North Dunes rehabilitation update and another financial update
  • 9/11 Remembrance Day
  • Take good care
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Employee Flu Clinic
New E-Permit Submittal Platform
Public Works News
Remembering 9/11
ADA improvements at the Harrison Memorial Library
Fire Fuel Abatement around Flander’s Mansion
Dual Container Locations
Limb Failure
New Roll-Up Window at Forest Theater
Climate Committee Meeting next Thursday, 9/17 at 4:00 pm
Census 2020

City Administrator Chip Rerig: FRIDAY LETTERS, September 4, 2020

FRIDAY LETTER, September 4, 2020
Focus on the safety and well-being of the community
The Art of Good Government is Communication
Update
(9.4.20)
Today's highlights include:
  • Thank you to  Council and Sharon Friedrichsen for Sunset bond refinance and Robin Scattini for the budget update
  • Thank you to our Fire Department for stepping up regionally and locally
  • Thank you to  Councilmember Jan Reimers for work on Mutt Mitt dispenser sponsorship
  • Beach Closure and Del Mar parking lot posted – please stay away
  • Citation authority – will be citing
  • Tuesday when the beach does reopen we will allow coolers, chairs, and blankets still restricting tents and umbrellas and bbq, continue to practice social distancing
  • Take good care
Beach Closure Over Labor Day Weekend
Amended Order 20-02
CENSUS 2020
This Week in Public Works
#ProtectYourHappyPlace
New ADA Stall at Post Office Parking Lot
New Electric Lawn Mower
Building Permit Database Update for Water Quality
New Pilot Parking Barriers
More EV Chargers at Sunset Center’s North Parking Lot
City Crews Now Removing Larger Dead Trees
Upcoming Meetings

Friday, August 28, 2020

CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION Appeal No. A-3-MRA-19-0034 (California American Water Company, et. al., Monterey Co.) & Application No. 9-19-0918 (California American Water Co., Seaside, Monterey Co.): Staff Recommendation: Denial of De Novo Permit; Denial of Regular Permit

ABSTRACT: California Coastal Commission STAFF REPORT: DE NOVO APPEAL and CONSOLIDATED COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT
Appeal No: A-3-MRA-19-0034
Local Government: City of Marina
Decision: Denial
Application No.: 9-19-0198
Applicant: California American Water Company
Appellants: California American Water Company, Brian LeNeve, Castroville Community Services District, and Commissioners Howell and Uranga
Project Location: Wellfield at the site of the CEMEX, Incorporated sand mining facility in the City of Marina, Monterey County, and pipelines and associated infrastructure within the Cities of Marina and Seaside, the County of Monterey, and the Commission’s retained jurisdiction.
Project Description: Construct and operate a slant well field, associated water transmission pipelines and related infrastructure within the coastal zone to support a proposed desalination facility located inland of the coastal zone.
Staff Recommendation: Denial of De Novo Permit; Denial of Regular Permit

California Coastal Commission

Draft Meeting Agenda
September 2020

September 17. 2020
9:00 a.m.

Energy, Ocean Resources and Federal Consistency
Items Th3a and Th4a below will share a combined staff report and hearing
3 New Appeals
a.            September 2020 Appeal No. A-3-MRA-19-0034 (California American Water Company, et. al., Monterey Co.)Appeal No. A-3-MRA-19-0034 (California American Water Company, et. al., Monterey Co.)Appeal by California American Water Company, Brian LeNeve, Castroville Community Services District, and Commissioners Howell and Uranga of City of Marina decision denying permit for construction and operation of well field, pipelines, and associated infrastructure at CEMEX sand mining facility, Lapis Road, Marina, Monterey County, to be used to provide source water for desalination facility located outside the coastal zone in Monterey County. (TL-SF) Submit Comment
4 Coastal Permit Applications
b.            September 2020 Application No. 9-19-0918 (California American Water Co., Seaside, Monterey Co.)Application No. 9-19-0918 (California American Water Co., Seaside, Monterey Co.)Application of California American Water Company for consolidated permit to construct and operate water delivery pipelines and associated infrastructure within the City of Seaside, County of Monterey, and Commission’s retained jurisdiction to support desalination facility located outside the coastal zone in Monterey County. (TL-SF) Submit Comment

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmtLXLs8vOzSuIL_le7grn6liLYR7aAb/view?usp=sharing

STAFF REPORT: DE NOVO APPEAL and CONSOLIDATED COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT

 

Appeal No. A-3-MRA-19-0034(California American Water Company, et. al., Monterey Co.)












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City Administrator Chip Rerig: FRIDAY LETTERS, August 28, 2020

FRIDAY LETTER, August 28, 2020

Focus on the safety and well-being of the community
The Art of Good Government is Communication
Update
(8.28.20)
Today's highlights include:
  • Thank you to the Executive Team and Police Department for preparedness and communications during the fire situation
  • Thank you to Visit Carmel and Carmel Chamber of Commerce for collaboration
  • Thank you to the innkeepers for stepping up and housing evacuees
  • September 1st City Council meeting - proposed beach closure for Labor Day weekend, refinance of Sunset Center bond, ambulance operations update, budget update
  • Local wildfire information - we were ready and prepared, would be able to get information out in case of emergency, all City employees affected by the evacuations are back home, fires are mostly under control
  • Proposed beach closure for Labor Day weekend would be in effect Friday thru Monday and include the Del Mar parking area
  • 3 Police Officers came in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID, they were quarantined and all tested negative
CARES Act Funding
NEW ONLINE PERMIT SUBMITTAL SYSTEM
Board and Commission Recruitment
2020 Census
Public Works News
Second Avenue Fire Fuel Reduction
Recycling Reminder
New Approach to Tree Watering
Shout Out to our Janitors
Found on a Park Bench along the Scenic Pathway
Willow Trail Erosion Repair in Mission Trail Nature Preserve
Eighth Avenue Beach Stairs
Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Quiz
Upcoming Meetings