The City Wants $40.15 To Make Me Paper Copies Of Emails

0f17fd2b197f0ea69688f292fe66f060--louis-brandeis-coffee-quotesA simple request. Emails sent to an Alderwoman between two dates relating to Rex Sinquefield’s Plan to privatize St. Louis Lambert Airport.

The City has Gmail accounts. The Alderwoman should not be using private email for public business. The Sunshine request should have involved the Alderwoman’s secretary (shared with several other Aldermen) going through the emails and forwarding them to me.

Easy Peasy.

But not for the City of St. Louis. Instead, the City, at the direction of the Mayor Lyda Krewson and/or her City Counselor, former Circuit Court Judge Julian Bush, has dragged out this request for over a month, now wants $40.15 in fees, has a three day waiting period after I’ve paid, and appears to be giving me paper copies of emails instead of just forwarding emails by email.

It’s 2018 and the City of St. Louis still doesn’t know how to use Gmail yet.

Let’s start from the beginning. On the evening of Monday, February 19, 2018, I used the City’s online form for Sunshine requests to request Airport Privatization emails received by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis (Chair, Transportation Committee, Board of Aldermen) between January 22, 2018 and February 16, 2018. That’s right, I’m interested in specific emails during a less than one month period.

The auto-response said I would receive a response in three days, by Thursday, February 22, 2018. Three days to find the emails and send them to me. Fair enough.
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