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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL <br />AGENDA REPORT <br />AGENDA DESCRIPTION: <br />MEETING DATE: 05/16/2017 <br />AGENDA HEADING: Consent Calendar <br />Consideration and possible action to take a position opposing Assembly Bill No. 1479 <br />regarding public records act requests <br />RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION: <br />(1) Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter in opposition to Assembly Bill No. 1479 <br />(AB 1479) regarding public records act requests. <br />FISCAL IMPACT: None <br />Amount Budgeted: N/A <br />Additional Appropriation: N/A <br />Account Number(s): N/A <br />ORIGINATED BY: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Administrative Analyst, <br />REVIEWED BY: Gabriella Yap, Deputy City Manager; - <br />APPROVED BY: Doug Willmore, City Managerly{ <br />ATTACHED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: <br />A. Draft letter in opposition to AB 1479 (page A-1) <br />B. League of California Cities "Action Alert" for of AB 1479 (page B-1) <br />C. AB 1479 (page C-1) <br />BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION: <br />On April 24, 2017, the League of California Cities (League) advised Staff that Assembly <br />Bill No. 1479 (AB 1479) had been introduced on February 17, 2017, by <br />Assemblymember Rob Bonta from Oakland. As currently proposed, AB 1479 would <br />place substantial burdens local governments by adding onerous, costly, and <br />unnecessary requirements in processing California Public Records Act (CPRA) <br />requests. As the City Council is aware, we have seen a significant spike in CPRA <br />requests in recent years. AB 1479 includes provisions that would: <br />Mandate that every local agency assign a "Custodian of Record" to review each <br />public records act denial prior to the final determination being issued. <br />Cause further delays in processing requests by creating an additional step in the <br />process whereby every request denial would have to be reviewed by the <br />Custodian of Record before a final determination from the agency can be issued. <br />1 <br />