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  • Community Group Leaders Gabelich & Wilson-Kleekamp Invoke CA Freedom of Information Law, Seek Videotape Shot By Councilman Carroll's Field Rep. McNaughton Plus Any Correspondence In Carroll's Files Re Neighborhood Group Meeting On Airport
  • Carroll Council Office Aide Sweeting Leaves Phone Message, Says Camcorder Was Her Own; Field Rep McNaughton Pushed Wrong Button; Tape Didn't Record

    We post Public Records Act request, pertinent text of Carroll Council office phone message

    (March 7, 2003) -- LBHUSH2 president Rae Gabelich and Stearns Park Neighborhood Association president Traci Wilson-Kleekamp have sent the Office of 4th district Councilman Dennis Carroll a CA Public Records Act (state freedom of information law) request seeking access to a videotape shot by Carroll's field rep John McNaughton in Carroll's presence at the Feb. 27 Stearns Park Neighborhood Association meeting which dealt with LB Airport.

    The written request, which posts verbatim below, also seeks any correspondence in Carroll's files regarding the February 27 meeting, LBHUSH2, the Stearns Park Neighborhood Ass'n, the groups' leaders Gabelich and Wilson-Kleekamp, and city correspondence related thereto.

    We post the text of the Public Records Act request to Carroll's office below.

    The neighborhood association meeting, open to the public and held in Stearns Park facilities, featured Ms. Gabelich as its main speaker. Ms. Gabelich has criticized City Hall policies that have resulted in increased Airport flights and expanded Airport facilities.

    After submitting the Public Records Act request, Ms. Gabelich received a telephone message left on her answering machine by Carroll's Council office Administrative Analyst Jacque Sweeting. Ms. Sweeting's message indicated the camcorder belonged to her; Carroll's field rep McNaughton had pushed the wrong button...and the tape didn't record. We provide the pertinent text of her message below.

    As first reported by, field rep McNaughton and Councilman Carroll have occasionally attended meetings of the Stearns Park group...but for this meeting Mr. McNaughton brought a camcorder and set up a tripod in the back of the room. The equipment was not concealed.

    Ms. Wilson-Kleekamp said Councilman Carroll's office had once before videotaped a public meeting of her neighborhood group...the last time an Airport related issue was on the agenda.

    Previous messages by seeking comment from Councilman Carroll and Mr. McNaughton on the matter have not to date of this article's posting been returned.

    Developing further.

    Public Records Act Request to Councilman Dennis Carroll's Office

    March 3, 2003

    Dennis Carroll, Councilmember, 4th District 14, Fl.
    Mr. Robert Shannon, City Attorney, 11th Fl
    City of Long Beach
    333 W. Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90815

    Re: Public Records Request -- Videotape of Stearns Park Neighborhood Association Meeting/February 27, 2003

    Councilmember Carroll:

    Pursuant to my rights under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et. seq.), I request an opportunity to review the following documents and obtain copies of those I may indicate which I understand to be held by the City of Long Beach:

    1) Videotape recording made by Councilman Dennis Carroll and his staff assistant John McNaughton on Thursday, February 27, 2003 of the Stearns Park Neighborhood Association meeting where Rae Gabelich was the guest speaker on Long Beach Airport related issues.
    2) Any and all correspondence (including email) related to the above referenced meeting.
    3) Any and all correspondence mentioning Rae Gabelich and LBHUSH2.
    4) Any and all correspondence from mentioning Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, Stearns Park Neighborhood Association and THISLAND.
    5) Any and all correspondence from the City of Long Beach (including the Airport Agency/Chris Kunze) in response to items (1-4).

    A verbal request for the videotape was made by Rae Gabelich to the office of Councilman Carroll on Friday, February 28. This request is a written confirmation of that verbal request so today counts as day 4 (four). I ask for a determination on this request within 10 (ten) days as of February 28, 2003 and an even prompter reply if you can make that determination without having to review the record[s] in question.

    If you determine that any or all or the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, I ask you to note whether, as is normally the case under the Act, the exemption is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information.

    Please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

    Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


    s/ Traci Wilson-Kleekamp
    Stearns Park Neighborhood Association

    s/ Rae Gabelich
    LBHUSH2 Inc.

    Pertinent Portion of Telephone Answering Machine Message Left For Ms. Gabelich By Carroll Council Office Administrative Analyst Jacque Sweeting

    Hi, Rae. It's Jacque Sweeting. I'm just finally getting to your call right now...Please give me a call back [leaves number, times she'll be in]...[T]he tape, video, the camera itself was my camera, but [Carroll Council office field rep] John McNaughton was filming it and, he actually did not press the record button. So he said he had the picture in sight but it never recorded, so there is no tape that exists, he just didn't press the right button. So, give me a call if you have any other questions..."

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