"Destruction of Records" letter from Harvey Rarback
Jan. 20, 2014
Re: SMCHD Record Destruction
I'm a Director of the Coastside Fire Protection District, but I am writing to you as a private citizen.
I am very concerned about the imminent destruction of some Harbor District documents and records. I was unable to attend the January 15 meeting where the item was on the agenda, but thanks to the private group CitizenAccess.TV I was able to see a video of the meeting. As I have mentioned in public comment, the decision of the HD to stop the video taping of your meetings was another step in reducing the transparency of your agency and causing the public to wonder what you have to hide. The public needs to trust in the integrity and transparency of its agencies. An expensive and divisive recall election was the result of the public's lack of trust in the Fire Protection District.
The decision to destroy some of your records is suspicious, especially in light of the ongoing Civil Grand Jury investigation and the large number of outstanding PRA requests. I urge you to refrain from destroying any non-duplicated records or documents until the Grand Jury issues its reports and the PRA requests are fulfilled.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Half Moon Bay
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