What About Your Kid's School/Classroom? Other Petaluma City School District Schools

The Petaluma City School District Must Comply With CA State Law

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. The PCSD has not fully-complied with many previous CPRA requests in 2013; this non-compliance has been documented and will be used to enforce eventual compliance. Introducing unnecessary delays to public records for CPRA requests in 2014 will be further evidence of the PCSD's chronic disregard for CA State law. The PCSD may face fines, sanctions or worse for not complying with CA State law. This page will serve as a record of the PCSD's compliance with CA Code Sections 6250-6276.48.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records.

The intent of this CA State law is to direct government employees to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (reports, email, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law. Therefore, the PCSD stating that it does not have a record of an easily-verifiable condition or that it won't create records that don't yet exist is a ruse that is not consistent with CA State law. The PCSD must produce the requested information if the information is not specifically exempted.

The PCSD is not a private company and is not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD is a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Why This Is Important to The Safe Learning Environment of Your Child's Classroom

The Petaluma City School District received a valid CPRA request on 5/17/13 and proceeded to illegally delay access to public records. When forced to comply, the PCSD provided only partial information. The PCSD must produce the requested information, if the information is not specifically exempted. The PCSD did not produce all of the non-exempt information requested, in violation of CA State law.

Here are quotes from the 5/17/13 CPRA Information Request:

For the following 19 schools in the Petaluma City School District, I have broken them down into two groups and would like to review the information for Group A by no later than May 27, 2013 and the information for Group B by no later than May 31, 2013, if you need the additional four days. Again, I would plan to review this information at the District office, and no copies will be required. I am well-equipped to review records in digital format, pdf or otherwise to save paper.

Group A

  • Grant Elementary
  • McDowell Elementary
  • McKinley Elementary
  • McNear Elementary
  • Penngrove Elementary
  • Valley Oaks Elementary
  • Valley Vista Elementary
  • Live Oak Charter
  • Mary Collins at Cherry Valley
  • 6th Grade Academy

Group B

  • Kenilworth Junior High
  • Petaluma Junior High
  • Crossroads Community Day
  • Carpe Diem High
  • Casa Grande High
  • Petaluma High
  • San Antonio High
  • Sonoma Mountain High
  • Valley Oaks High
For each of these schools, I would like to review the following documents, diagrams, spreadsheets, maps and any other information that evidences the following:
  1. The current state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices used in each of the schools, listed above as of May, 2013: including the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network. I will need to review the schematics to determine where Ethernet wires exist in these schools and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point.
  2. The planned state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices to be used in each of the schools, listed above for the 2013-2014 school year: including the planned changes in device inventory, connectivity (wired or wireless) and locations.
  3. The planned state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices to be used in each of the schools, listed above for the 2014-2015 school year: including the planned changes in device inventory, connectivity (wired or wireless) and locations.
I would also like to review all school contracts with any vendors that have installed wireless networking equipment in the Petaluma City School District schools for the period January, 2008 through May, 2013.

The Petaluma City School District produced only the following maps — covering only some of the schools — and then offered a pile of incomplete invoices. The School District provided no comprehensive inventories, wiring diagrams or planned changes for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. A lot of these maps are undated or marked from 2007-2008. Are they accurate? Your guess is as good as mine. In fact, we relied on the District's information to select Valley Vista because, unlike Mary Collins at Cherry Valley, the Valley Vista Kindergarten room did not have any wireless routers/access points. Then the Superintendent and Valley Vista Principal changed everything: they installed ten additional wireless routers/access points at Valley Vista — right before the 2013-2014 school year, without informing any parents. They just did it. What is the current status of your child's school? Who really knows? We need much better, verifiably-accurate information.

CPRA information requests dated January 8, 2014 will hopefully yield the complete information requested which is needed to make accurate calculations of the total cumulative RF/EMF exposure for each classroom in the Petaluma City School District for the 2013-2014 school year. For the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Petaluma City School District is spending every year to install wireless access points into our schools (exposing our children to dangerously high levels of a Class 2B Carcinogen), I would expect much more complete and up-to-date records. This is our tax payer money and our childen's health at stake; the PCSD's lack of leadership, oversight, financial responsibility and concern for safety is deplorable.


Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


Valley Vista Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


Valley Vista Elementary School (received 8/6/13)


McNear Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


Grant Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


McKinley Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


McDowell Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


Penngrove Elementary School (received 6/7/13)


Petaluma Junior High School (received 6/7/13)


Kenilworth Junior High School (received 6/7/13)


Petaluma High School (received 6/7/13)


Casa Grande High School (received 6/7/13)




CA Public Records Act Information Requests

Re: California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48

May 17, 2013

Mr. Steve Bolman
Superintendent
Petaluma City School District
200 Douglas Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Dear Mr. Bolman,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA.  Please find below my first CPRA information request regarding the Petaluma City School District's current technology practices and its plans to increase wifi on campuses.

My understanding is that the district has ten (10) days to respond to this CPRA information request. I stand ready to review the documents whenever they are made available to me between May 20 and May 27, 2013 – the last day the District has to respond to this CPRA information request.

As a member of the public I am requesting the PCSD to produce for my inspection at the Petaluma City School District Offices within ten (10) days of receipt of this written request a series of documents described below. Please note, the CPRA says "Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records." My plan is to read the documents at the District Office. I will bring a camera to take photos of the few copies that I may actually need to make.

My understanding from Craig Cheslog in Superintendent Torlakson's office is that this request and your response to it are themselves public records and may be disclosed to the public should your agency receive a request for it.

On May 3, 2013, at 2:43 PM, Craig Cheslog wrote:

> Please be advised that your request for records, and our response to it, are themselves public records and may be disclosed to the public should the CDE receive a request for disclosure.

California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48
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I am first requesting to review at the District offices a print of the text of this email, prints of all the letters and documents attached to this email, and prints of all the studies linked to in this email. By making a CPRA information request of this CPRA information request, all of this important information I have previously provided to you as well as our email communications, listed in reverse-chronological order below my signature in this email, will be added to the public record.

In addition, I am making a CPRA information request of your response to this CPRA information request so it, too, can be added to the public record.

I have posed a series of questions to you, Steve Bolman, and to Mike Cole that have remained unaddressed and unanswered for nearly two months. The questions are listed in my On Apr 8, 2013, 6:06 PM email to Steve Bolman listed below my signature in this email. May I please review a written response to these questions as part of this CPRA information request?

For the following 19 schools in the Petaluma City School District, I have broken them down into two groups and would like to review the information for Group A by no later than May 27, 2013 and the information for Group B by no later than May 31, 2013, if you need the additional four days. Again, I would plan to review this information at the District office, and no copies will be required. I am well-equipped to review records in digital format, pdf or otherwise to save paper.

Group A
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Grant Elementary
McDowell Elementary
McKinley Elementary
McNear Elementary
Penngrove Elementary
Valley Oaks Elementary
Valley Vista Elementary
Live Oak Charter
Mary Collins at Cherry Valley
6th Grade Academy

Group B
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Kenilworth Junior High
Petaluma Junior High
Crossroads Community Day
Carpe Diem High
Casa Grande High
Petaluma High
San Antonio High
Sonoma Mountain High
Valley Oaks High

I would like to review the following documents, diagrams, spreadsheets, maps and any other documentation that evidences the following:

[1] The current state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices used in each of the schools, listed above as of May, 2013: including the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired router, wireless router, switch and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network. I will need to review the schematics to determine where ethernet wires exist in these schools and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router.

[2] The planned state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices to be used in each of the schools, listed above for the 2013-2014 school year: including the planned changes in device inventory, connectivity (wired or wireless) and locations.

[3] The planned state of the wired and wireless networking equipment and devices to be used in each of the schools, listed above for the 2014-2015 school year: including the planned changes in device inventory, connectivity (wired or wireless) and locations.

I would also like to review all school contracts with any vendors that have installed wireless networking equipment in the,  Petaluma City School District schools for the period January, 2008 through May, 2013. In addition, I would like to review the AMS.NET, Inc. contract, as referenced in the 3/12/13 Petaluma City School Board Packet:

"AWARD OF BID - RECOMMENDED MOTION – “that the Board award Bid No. 01-13, E-Rate Project for Wireless at McKinley & McDowell Elementary Schools, to AMS.NET, Inc., in the amount of $255,351.43, and the Superintendent be authorized to approve change orders up to 10% and accept the work as being complete.” (Enc. B.8.) (Pg. 52)

Thank your for addressing this CPRA information request in a timely manner.


Regards,


[Parent]
Re: California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48

Dear Mr. Chad Carvey and Mr. Steve Bolman and Petaluma School Board Members,

Troy Sanderson
Michael Baddeley
Mary Schafer
Sheri Chlebowski

I continue to be puzzled by the PCSD's and the MCCV's unwillingness to take any actions to determine the levels of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (RF/EMF) in MCCV classrooms that are using wireless access points and wireless devices in realistic classroom usage scenarios. In our phone call today, Chad, you indicated that the PCSD and the MCCV has taken actions (of some kind), but the MCCV/PCSD has chosen to not communicate anything about these actions.

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA.  This email serves as my CPRA information request for the records of any actions that PCSD or the MCCV has taken between February 21, 2013 through July 16, 2013 to determine the levels of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (RF/EMF) in any PCSD classroom environment.

This information is very relevant to the evaluation of the safety of the classroom environment and to our family's decision of where our daughter can attend kindergarten in 2013-2014. Withholding this information is a serious problem. If there are no records, then we can conclude there have been no actions taken. If you don't agree with this conclusion, please explain.

My understanding is that the district has ten (10) days to respond to this CPRA information request. I stand ready to review the documents whenever they are made available to me at the PCSD offices. Please note, the CPRA says "Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records." My plan is to read the documents at the District Office. I will bring my own scanner/camera for any copies that I may actually need to make.

Today, under protest, my wife and I were forced to give up our daughter's spot at MCCV. You, Mr. Carvey, set this deadline after consulting with Jane Escobedo. My wife and I are not at all happy about how this has turned out and maintain that the PCSD and the MCCV are still choosing to unnecessarily harm children for its own administrator and teacher convenience, despite all of the scientific analysis and opinions urging you to stop.

The little information that the PCSD and MCCV has provided to date indicates that the total levels of RF/EMF in realistic classroom usage scenarios exceeds the amount allowed by OSHA. That is a serious problem for all employees and students in this environment.

What has been the PCSD's and the MCCV's response to this problem to date? No response.

The PCSD and MCCV has not communicated that it made any effort to determine the levels of RF/EMF in MCCV classrooms in realistic classroom usage scenarios and has not chosen to eliminate any sources of these RF/EMF signals: the unnecessary use of wireless access points and wireless devices in classrooms.

Safe wired connectivity can be used to meet the school's educational goals. It just seems to be too inconvenient for the PCSD or MCCV.

Chad, I asked you to respond to three points in my earlier email today:

[Parent] wrote to Chad Carvey and Steve Bolman at 8:22 am EDT, on July 16, 2013:
>
> Today, my wife will be switching our daughter's registration paperwork from MCCV to Valley Vista and is doing so based on the following understanding that you, Mr. Carvey, confirmed with us:
>
> 1. That Mr. Carvey and I will work together in the 2013-2014 School Year to educate the parents about what the RF/EMF levels in PCSD classrooms actually are and what scientists working in the field do and do not yet understand about the health implications of long-term exposure to these levels of RF/EMF signals. In short, parents need to be informed about the 'convenience vs. health and safety' tradeoffs that the PCSD is currently making without the parents' informed consent.
>
> 2. That Mr. Bolman and Mr. Carvey have agreed to guarantee a spot for our daughter at MCCV starting in the 2014-2015 school year, so she could attend MCCV for her 1st grade through 8th grade years, if we wish.
>
> 3. That MCCV and all other PCSD schools will comply with federal and state OSHA requirements with respect to RF/EMF levels.
>
> Please respond to confirm your understanding of these three points. I will look forward to working with you over the next few months to educate the parents.

You responded to the first two, but not the third.

Chad Carvey wrote to [Parent]:

> Thank you for the note, [Parent]. Steve is actually not available today, so I spoke to Jane Escobedo about this situation this morning.  Here is what I can offer you, and I will also call and text you, as well as this email.  I will hold your K spot at MCCV today, until 1pm. At that point we will be calling other families and filling the spot for this year.
>
> 1. I will not be "working with you to educate" our MCCV parents.  As I have said, I will provide you with opportunities (at least one, and more if there is parent interest) to share your information with parents who voluntarily choose to attend (my plan is to use one or more of the Green Team committee meetings, where I will tell parents about your information, and welcome them to attend).
>
> 2. You will not be guaranteed a spot in 1st grade next year. Your name will be at the top of the list for 1st grade next year.  While I have never seen a year where there has not been some kind of change in enrollment, IF we get to next summer, and if there are zero spots open, I would not be removing another student to make a space.  As I said, it hard to imagine that there will not be a spot, but it is not 100% certain.
>
> I will now call and text you, so that you have until 1pm to make any changes you might desire.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Chad Carvey
> Principal
> Mary Collins Charter School at Cherry Valley "Cheetahs"
You could have taken actions to ensure that you complied with this third point:

3. That MCCV and all other PCSD schools will comply with federal and state OSHA requirements with respect to RF/EMF levels.

. . . but you did not.

You, however, indicated in our phone conversation today that you recognize that it is the PCSD's legal duty to comply with federal and state OSHA requirements.

My question is elementary: how can you, the MCCV or the PCSD know if MCCV is in compliance with OSHA if you, the MCCV or the PCSD have not measured the RF/EMF in the environment in realistic classroom usage scenarios?

The answer is that you cannot know. Please show me the results of the measurements so we can all learn the truth about what we are doing to our PCSD employees and students.


Regards,



[Parent]
August 6, 2013

Re: California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 WAP locations at Valley Vista Elementary

Hi, Mike and Steve.

Thanks for the info regarding the Petaluma City School District's (PCSD) plan to install more Wireless Access Points (WAPs) into the Valley Vista School. Please find two pdf documents attached to this email: the Valley Vista WAP map and the Cisco 4410N data sheet.

This serves as an additional CPRA information request for answers to the questions below. These answers are critical for our family's decision on whether or not our daughter can attend Valley Vista. She is scheduled to start there on Aug 20. The information the PCSD provided in response to my first CPRA information request indicated that for 2013-2014, Valley Vista would have just one wireless access point on its campus. Based on that information and my metering of the RF/EMF levels at Valley Vista in April 2013, we decided that it would be safe for her to attend there in 2013-2014 and we enrolled her there.

Will you please answer the following questions?

1. Since all of the rooms at Valley Vista already have safe wired networking, why is the PCSD installing a redundant wireless network? What educational benefits will the wireless network provide that cannot be provided by the existing wired network?

2. What's the PCSD's timing/expected dates of installation for these wireless access points (WAPs)?

3. What safety testing has the PCSD conducted to ensure that these devices are within OSHA guidelines for its employees and that these wireless access points and the use of wireless devices in these classrooms will be safe for students?

4. Are Valley Vista rooms 22 and 23 kindergarten classrooms?

3. If 21 and 22 are kindergarten classrooms, why does the PCSD need to place a WAP in the Valley Vista kindergarten rooms? Are the kindergarten students needing to use networked computers for their kindergarten education?

4. Why does the PCSD need WAPs both in rooms 23 and 32?

5. What is the distance in feet from the WAP planned for room 23 and the WAP planned for room 32?

6. What is the distance in feet from the WAP planned for the library and the WAP planned for room 32?

7. What is the distance in feet from the WAP planned for the library and the WAP planned for Room 17?

8. Will the the Cisco 4410N WAP broadcast on both the 2.4GHz and 5.XGHz frequencies? Will it broadcast on any other frequencies?

9. What is function of each of the three antennas on the 4410N Wireless Access Point?

10. How much power will each antenna on the Cisco 4410N WAP output during the following typical usage scenarios at 1', 2', 4', 8', 12', 16', 20' and 24' from the WAP?

    - When transmitting beacon signal only (no device connected to the WAP)

    - When transmitting text/image web pages to one wirelessly connected device?

    - When transmitting text/image web pages simultaneously to 10 wirelessly connected devices?

    - When transmitting text/image web pages simultaneously to 20 wirelessly connected devices?

    - When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video to one wirelessly connected device?

    - When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video simultaneously to 10 wirelessly connected devices?

    - When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video  web pages simultaneously to 20 wirelessly connected devices?

11. How many pulses per second will each antenna pulse its data transmissions? 100 times per second? 200 times per second? Is this a fixed or variable rate of pulsing?

12. What evidence can you provide to ensure that the use of these WAPs and wireless devices in the classrooms will be within OSHA guidelines for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF/EMF)?

Thank you, Mike and Steve for a timely reply to these questions.

Regards,



[Parent]
Hi, Francisco.

Thanks for forwarding this onto Level 2 tech support. I wrote a comprehensive email to provide all of the background needed to get meaningful answers. I am hopeful someone can call me at 717-556-8658 before 2:00 pm EDT/11:00 am PDT on Thu Aug 8, 2013 to provide and discuss the answers to the questions in this email.

I wish to evaluate our school's planned installation of Cisco WAP4410N and Cisco/Meraki MR16 Wireless Access Points (WAPs). I need to make an accurate calculation of the power emitted from the WAPs and the wireless devices connected to the WAPS during realistic usage scenarios, so I can report the total exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF) that our teachers would likely face in a typical eight hour work day.

First, please find the four pdf documents and one png image attached at the bottom of this email:

[1] Valley Vista WAP locations
[2] Cisco WAP4410N data sheet
[3] Cisco WAP4410N administration guide
[4] Cisco/Merakie MR16 data sheet
[5] Cisco/Merakie MR16 signal coverage pattern

Second, in doing the research into this complicated world of wireless connectivity, I have often heard shortcut answers like "it depends . . .", "the standards are . . .", ". . . that's not on the data sheet". Unfortunately, those answers are not helpful at arriving at an accurate understanding, so I will need the best information you have, properly qualified, so that I can report the information accurately.

Here is what I have learned so far:
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WAP Installation Plans for Our School
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Valley Vista school is planning to install 10 Cisco WAP4410N WAPs and two Cisco/Meraki MR16 WAPs according to the map attached below. I need to verify if these 12 WAPs are appropriate for our school's connectivity needs and are placed appropriately (i.e. do we have too many or too few WAPS to get the job done?). Valley Vista has about 400 students K-6, with about 230 students in grades 3-6: the students using computers for their instruction. According to the WAP4410N Administration Guide, each WAP could serve about 40-60 users. Based on this information, it seems that Valley Vista might only need three additional Cisco WAP4410N WAPs to join the two Meraki MR16 WAPs to provide wireless connectivity for the targeted 250 users.

We need to understand the pros and cons of installing 5 vs 12 WAPs at Valley Vista. Saving money is only one important consideration for installing the minimum number of WAPs needed to meet the connectivity needs. In addition, Valley Vista already has existing wired connectivity to every classroom and could just use that, instead.


Cisco WAP4410N and Cisco/Meraki MR16 WAPs have different specifications and capabilities
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[A] Meraki MR16 is the newer WAP that transmits data in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, according to its data sheet:

"The MR16 features two powerful radios and advanced RF design for enhanced receive sensitivity. Combined with 802.11n technologies including 2x2 MIMO and transmit beamforming, the MR16 delivers up to 600 Mbps throughput and up to 50% increased range compared to typical enterprise-class 802.11n access points, meaning fewer access points are required for a given deployment. In addition, dual concurrent 802.11n radios and band steering technology allow MR16 to automatically serve legacy 802.11b/g clients with the 2.4 GHz radio and newer 802.11n clients to the 5 GHz band to provide maximum speed to all clients.

   - One 802.11b/g/n [internal radio and antenna] and one 802.11a/n [internal radio and antenna]

   - Dual concurrent operation in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands

   - Max throughput rate is 600 Mbit/second "

[B] Cisco WAP4410N is the older WAP (circa 2008) and transmits data only in the 2.4 GHz range. The WAPs are used equipment from two other schools in the district who are getting newer WAPs, courtesy of a 90% federal grant via the E-Rate program. According to the 2008 data sheet:

"The Cisco Wireless-N Access Point lets you connect Wireless-N (802.11n), Wireless-G (802.11g), and Wireless-B (802.11b) devices to your wired network . . . the integrated quality of service (QoS) features provide consistent voice and video quality on both the wired and wireless networks, enabling the deployment of business-quality voice over IP (VoIP) and video applications.

   - 802.11n wireless networking delivers greater throughput and extended range, maximizing the number of wireless clients per access point for your small business

   - [Three] adjustable and removable [external] dipole antennas with multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) 3x3 diversity

   - Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface

   - Supports PoE and external DC power

   - Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) wireless QoS support"


Wi-fi Standards Supported by Cisco WAP4410N and Cisco/Meraki MR16
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  802.11b can transmit up to a maximum of  11 Mbits/second
  802.11g can transmit up to a maximum of  54 Mbits/second
  802.11n can transmit up to a maximum of 600 Mbits/second

From WikiPedia the definition of dBm is defined (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBm):
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"dBm (sometimes dBmW) is an abbreviation for the power ratio in decibels (dB) of the measured power referenced to one milliwatt (mW). It is used in radio, microwave and fiber optic networks as a convenient measure of absolute power because of its capability to express both very large and very small values in a short form. Compare dBW, which is referenced to one watt (1000 mW). . .  in radio frequency work dBm is typically referenced relative to a 50 ohm impedance . . . 0 dBm equals 1 mW. A 3 dB increase represents roughly doubling the power, which means that 3 dBm equals roughly 2 mW. For a 3 dB decrease, the power is reduced by about one half, making -3 dBm equal to about 0.5 mW or 500 µW."

  dBm     Power Level  Description
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 24 dBm = 251,000 µW = UMTS/3G mobile phone (Power class 3 mobiles)
 24 dBm = 251,000 µW = 1,880–1,900 MHz DECT phone (250 mW per 1,728 kHz channel)
 24 dBm = 251,000 µW = 802.11a Wireless LAN 20 MHz-wide channels in 5 GHz subband
 23 dBm = 200,000 µW = 802.11n Wireless LAN 40 MHz-wide channels in 5 GHz subband
 20 dBm = 100,000 µW = 802.11b/g Wireless LAN 20 MHz-wide channels in the 2.4 GHz ISM band (5 mW/MHz).
 20 dBm = 100,000 µW = Bluetooth Class 1 radio
 15 dBm =  32,000 µW = Typical Wireless LAN transmission power in laptops.
  4 dBm =   2,500 µW = Bluetooth Class 2 radio
  0 dBm =   1,000 µW = Bluetooth Class 3 radio"

Antenna Design (http://www.antenna-theory.com/)
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No antenna transmits data omni-directionally in a perfect sphere (isotropically), since antenna designers add antenna gain to flatten this sphere into a far-reaching doughnut shape.

Please Answer The Following Questions
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To address the questions, we need to agree on one basic equation and some common definitions:

Equation
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   Power (joules/second) x Time (seconds) = Work (watt-seconds)

Definitions
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1 Joule =   1 Ampere through 1 Ohm
1 Joule =   1 Watt-second
1 Watt  =   1 Joule/second
1 µW    =   1/1,000,000 Joule per second = 1/1,000,000 Watt-second per second
2 m2    =   2 square meters (approximate surface area of one adult)

'Power' is expressed as a rate: watt-seconds/second or joules/second

'Power Density' is expressed as a rate spread over an area, usually a square meter as in microwatts/square meter or µW/m2

'Work' is the important thing: it is Power delivered over Time.

'Energy' is often a confusing term in this discussion, because our general notion of energy is not consistent with the stricter definition of Energy in physics. People usually think of Energy as something that is being consumed or used up, but according to Newton's First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy is always conserved. Energy in one form is therefore converted into Energy in other forms; it is never used up or consumed.

Energy is an indispensable prerequisite for performing Work. Energy comes in multiple forms: kinetic, potential, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, and nuclear. Energy is required to do the work and the Energy can only be converted and/or transferred, but never lost or generated anew. Work and Energy are inextricably connected, but for clear communication, I will avoid the term Energy and instead focus on Work, which is the total Power delivered over time.

One has to apply a sufficient amount of Power over Time to do Work: in this case to transmit pulsed data from the WAP to the wirelessly connected laptops and tablets used by the teachers and students.

Questions
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[1] Will you please confirm the specifications for how each antenna in each WAP, above, pulses data to wirelessly connected laptops and tablets:

    - What are the frequencies of the pulses (reported in Hz or pulses/second)? Is this a fixed or variable value? If variable, then please explain how it varies.

    - What is the duration of each pulse (reported in microseconds)?  Is this a fixed or variable value? If variable, then please explain how it varies.

    - What is the peak power of each pulse (reported in microwatts/m2 at 12" from the WAP)?  Is this a fixed or variable value? If variable, then please explain how it varies.

[2] For each antenna, what is the duty cycle of the antenna in scenario [3].[a], listed below. For example a single pulse can be defined as 'transmitting' for 0.002 seconds and 'not transmitting' for 0.008 seconds, repeating every 0.01 seconds. This would define a 20% duty cycle. For each antenna in each WAP, is the duty cycle a fixed or variable value? If variable, then please explain how it varies.

[3] What is the peak Power Density (µW/m2) of each pulse at 12" from the WAP in each typical usage scenarios [3].[a]-[g], below?

    [a]  When transmitting beacon signal only (no device connected to the WAP)

    [b]  When transmitting text/image web pages to one wirelessly connected device

    [c]  When transmitting text/image web pages simultaneously to 10 wirelessly connected devices

    [d]  When transmitting text/image web pages simultaneously to 20 wirelessly connected devices

    [e]  When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video to one wirelessly connected device

    [f]  When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video simultaneously to 10 wirelessly connected devices

    [g]  When transmitting a 10-minute, 720p video web pages simultaneously to 20 wirelessly connected devices

[4] For the seven realistic use case scenarios listed in [3].[a]-[g], above, I believe the total amount of Work performed is as follows: [a] < [b] < [c]  < [d]  < [e]  < [f]  < [g]. Will you please confirm if this is true for each antenna in the Cisco/Meraki MR16 WAP and the Cisco WAP4410N WAP?

[5] Someone has recently stated to me that "[Work] from a wireless access point does not increase with the amount of data being transferred or the number of devices connected to it". Is that true? If so, will you please explain why this is so and how it relates to the answer to question [4], above?

[6] On page 4 of the Cisco/Meraki MR16 WAP's data sheet, it states:

"RF Performance Table
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Operating Mode     Data Rate(Mb/s)  TX Power(dBm)   TX Power (µW)
--------------     ---------------  -------------   --------------------
802.11b @ 2.4 GHz  1-11 Mbit/sec    21 - 23 dBm     126,000 - 200,000 µW
802.11g @ 2.4 GHz  6-54 Mbit/sec    20 - 25 dBm     100,000 - 316,000 µW
802.11n @ 2.4 GHz  MCS0/x* HT20     19 - 22 dBm      79,000 - 158,000 µW

802.11a @ 5.0 GHz  6-54 Mbit/sec    20 - 24 dBm     100,000 - 251,000 µW
802.11n @ 2.4 GHz  MCS0/x* HT20     15 - 23 dBm      32,000 - 200,000 µW"

* a complicated list that was not clear to me; would you please explain what this list means for 802.11n?

. . . and then provides a series of four radial charts of signal coverage patterns (attached to this email, below)

Will you please explain what these radial charts represent? I can see 0-360 degrees for the horizontal and vertical signal patterns, but am confused by the unlabled radial scale of -5 to 5. Is this distance from the WAP? dBM? Something else? Will you please explain?

[7] On page 4 of the Cisco WAP4410N WAP's data sheet, it states

"Transmit power @ normal temp range for FCC for 802.11g wi-fi:
   13.0 dBm @ 1TX,
   16.0 dBm @ 2TX,
   17.5 dBm @ 3TX"

What do 1TX, 2TX and 3TX in the WAP4410N's data sheet represent here? Is TX a measure of time or distance? Will you please explain?

I summarized the information reported in the WAP4410N data sheet, in the format of the Meraki MR16 data sheet to aid our comparison of these two WAPs:

Operating Mode     Data Rate(Mb/s)   TX Power(dBm)   TX Power (µW)
--------------     ---------------   -------------   --------------------
802.11b @ 2.4 GHz  up to  11 Mb/s    16 - 20.5 dBm    40,000 - 112,000 µW
802.11g @ 2.4 GHz  up to  54 Mb/s    13 - 17.5 dBm    20,000 -  56,000 µW
802.11n @ 2.4 GHz  up to 600 Mb/s    11 - 21.5.dBm    13,000 - 141,000 µW

Why is the reported maximum TX Power of 802.11g @ 2.4 GHz so much lower than 802.11b @ 2.4 GHz or 802.11n @ 2.4 GHz? This seems like an error, since 17.5 dBm/ 56,000 µW is much lower than the Power levels reported on the Meraki MR16 data sheet and the sample values reported by WikiPedia. Can you re-measure this to confirm that the information reported is accurate? What are the set up parameters used to make these measurements? Distance? Transmitting activity? Temperature? Other?

[8] How much total Work (Power over Time) per square meter will each antenna in each WAP transmit in scenario [3].[g], above,  measured at 1', 2', 4', 8', 12', 16', 20', 24', 28', 32' and 36' from the WAP during a nominal six-minute period?  Please note, I am not asking for an average, but for a summation of the Work contributed by each pulse of each antenna over a nominal 360 second period.

The Power Density readings are expected to decrease by some fraction of the square of the distance from the WAP, because the area of the doughnut shape increases as the radius of the doughnut increases. This, however, does not decrease the Work performed by any single radio-frequency wave traveling over these short distances (1 to 36 feet), The waves travel at the speed of light (over 6 million miles per hour), over the entire distance from 1 to 36 feet; they do not slow down. There are just fewer radio-frequency waves per square meter as the distance from the WAP increases.

Thank you for your prompt attention to providing throrough answers to these 8 questions.

Regards,


[Parent]
Dear Mr. Grossgart, Mr. Kirkham and Dr. Lodwick,

Two days, ago, I received an updated map from the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) that shows their plans for installing 11 additional Wireless Access Points (WAPs) into Valley Vista School, the school we selected for my daughter, based on our careful analysis of its currently minimal wireless environment. Please see the map attached at the bottom of this email.

On May 17, 2013 I filed a California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 with the PCSD asking for their plans for installing any wireless access points in all 19 PCSD schools for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 school years. The information the PCSD provided to me in response to my request showed that the Valley Vista school had just one WAP installed in a single 3rd grade classroom, which is over 300 feet from the kindergarten rooms. I also received information from their technology director that communicated that Valley Vista would remain that way through 2013-2014, as the school has wired connectivity that reaches every classroom.

Based on that information, I metered the school RF/EMF environment to confirm that there were no other wireless access points installed at the school and that the kindergarten rooms used no wireless devices. With these assurances, we enrolled our daughter at Valley Vista and I did not include Valley Vista in my 7/17/13 OSHA complaint.

I am now going to have to add Valley Vista to the list of the eight schools first included in Cal OSHA Complaint Number 077971364 to bring the total number of schools to nine:

1. Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley, 1001 Cherry Street, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4740
2. McNear Elementary, 605 Sunnyslope Avenue, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4752
3. Grant Elementary, 200 Grant Ave. Petaluma, CA 94952, 707-778-4742
4. McKinley Elementary, 110 Ellis Street, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4750
5. McDowell Elementary, 421 South McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, California 94954,  707-778-4745
6. 6th Grade Academy, 700 Bantam Way, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4724
7. Petaluma Junior High, 700 Bantam Way, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4724
8. Kenilworth Junior High, 800 Riesling Road, Petaluma, California 94954, 707-778-4710
9. Valley Vista Elementary, 730 North Webster Street, Petaluma, California 94952, 707-778-4762

Separately, I received an email response from Jeff Lodwick on 8/6/13 in response to my 7/31/13 email asking for a clarification of his comments. I have not yet received a response to my 8/3/13 email to Jeff Lodwick which provided an additional analysis that addresses many of the issues raised by Lodwick. Perhaps we can all discuss the contents of my 8/3/13 in a conference call later today.

I have read through Lodwick's 8/6/13 document and appreciated the thoroughness of his work. I believe we are still lacking specific information about the wireless access points involved and the frequency, duration and power density of the pulses emanating from these antennas in these WAPs during typical usage scenarios. Instead of working with general assumptions, I went directly to the source, Cisco, and established an active case number (SR 626922533) to get the specific information that we need for the Cisco WAP4410N and Cisco/Meraki MR16 Wireless Access Points that are used by the PCSD.

I would like to schedule a conference call today, Thu Aug 8, between any of the following who can participate:

Chris Grossgart
Chris Kirkham
Jeff Lodwick
[Parent] -- available after 2:30 pm EDT / 11:30 am PDT at 717-556-8658

Will you please confirm the time and the participants for the conference call?

Thank you,


[Parent]
Nice move, Mike.

Please call me at 717-556-8658 as soon as possible. I need clarification about what you emailed to me. I have now left five emails and voice mail messages and need to speak to you in person.

Mike Cole wrote:
> Hello [Parent],
> The info sent were not a plan for future installs it is the WAP map that shows the locations the newly and previously installed WAPs.
> Mike Cole

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Regards,



[Parent]
Re: California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 WAP locations at Valley Vista Elementary

Dear Mr. Bolman, Ms. Kleinholz and the Petaluma City School District Board Members:

Troy Sanderson
Michael Baddeley
Mary Schafer
Sheri Chlebowski

Steve, I still need answers to all of the questions posed in my earlier 8/6/13 email to you, quoted below. Please provide the answers by no later than 8/13/13.

The PCSD continues to act against the health and safety of its employees and its students and without taking the necessary steps to determine if the installation of the Wireless Access Points (WAPs) at Valley Vista are safe for its employees and students and meet federal and state OSHA guidelines. We need proof that the District has taken the necessary steps. If the PCSD has taken no such steps, then I believe the WAPs at Valley Vista will need to be removed.

This email serves as as California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 WAP for the evidence of steps the PCSD took to determine if the installation of these WAPS at Valley Vista are safe for its employees and students and meet federal and state OSHA guidelines.

The problem is that the Petaluma City School District has not been open with its technology plans and practices, as evidenced by your recent decision to install these WAPs in Valley Vista as quickly as you did with no advance notice to the parents affected by this decision who have already expressed keen interest in the process.

We selected Valley Vista for my daughter, based on our careful analysis of its minimal wireless environment. On May 17, 2013 I filed a California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 with the PCSD asking for the PCSD's plans for installing any wireless access points in all 19 PCSD schools for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 school years. The information the PCSD provided to me in response to my request showed that the Valley Vista school had just one WAP installed in a single 3rd grade classroom, which is over 300 feet from the kindergarten rooms. I also received information from Mike Cole at that time that communicated that Valley Vista would remain that way through 2013-2014.

Based on that information provided to us by the PCSD and my readings of the school RF/EMF environment, my wife and I made our decision and enrolled our daughter at Valley Vista understanding that her kindergarten room would not be polluted with wireless radio frequency electromagnetic signals RF/EMF in 2013-2014. It was a very bad decision, on many fronts, to place a WAP in the kindergarten room after July 13, 2013.

Will kindergarten students need wireless connectivity for their kindergarten education? This is a critical questions that deserves an answer.

At each of the scheduled Valley Vista play dates this summer, we asked Principal Emily Kleinholz and the Valley Vista Kindergarten teachers if they had any knowledge of the PCSD's plans for expanding wireless connectivity at the Valley Vista campus. They said they knew nothing.

As I was writing this email, I spoke to Emily Kleinholz, who, it turns out, was the only PCSD employee to return my call in the last two days. I heard from Emily that she learned of the PCSD's decision to install the additional WAPS after July 13, 2013, the date of the last scheduled Valley Vista play date, but she would be no more specific than that.

Emily knows the arguments of why wireless connectivity is a bad choice for the health and safety of children, because I have met with her personally at least twice to communicate the trade offs involved in the decision. I was surprised that Emily did not choose to call me to let me know about the installation of the WAPs at Valley Vista as soon as she learned of the decision, as this information was very germane to our daughter's school enrollment decision. When I asked Emily why she didn't call me the day she learned about the plans to install the WAPs at Valley Vista, she declined to answer the question.

I asked Emily today if there are any specific plans for kindergarteners to use wireless connectivity for their kindergarten studies. She said there were no specific plans to do so at Valley Vista at present. She also said the only immediate user of the wireless connectivity in the kindergarten room would be the teachers.  This, of course, is unnecessary because the teachers already have working wired connections in the kindergarten classroom.

I asked Emily since the kindergarteners were receiving no educational benefit from the WAP in the kindergarten room,  if she was willing to disconnect the electricity to the WAP until such time as it the WAP would be necessary for the kindergartener's education. She was non-committal and said she would bring the question to the District.

Two days, ago, on 8/6/13, I received an email from Mike Cole with an updated map from the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) that showed the PCSD's plans for installing 11 additional Wireless Access Points (WAPs) into Valley Vista School, but with no communication about the timing of the installation.

Today, I had to send my wife to the District Office to get answers to the questions that we had about Mike's terse 8/6/13 email that only included the map. I have received no return calls for my multiple voice mail messages to Mike Cole, Sue Merril or Steve Bolman. I also have not yet received a thorough response to the questions I sent to Steve and Mike in my 8/6/13 email, quoted below. I expect answers to these questions.

I learned today that the installation was completed under our noses without any advance communication to the parents of the students affected by these WAPs. Therefore, the PCSD did not respond properly to the May 17, 2013 CPRA information request because it did not provide the information about the WAP installation plans for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 school years for Valley Vista. Obviously, the District had such plans for Valley Vista, or the installation could not have taken place.

This email serves as an additional California Public Records Act Information Request per GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 for all of the written plans, notes and communications regarding the installation of the WAPS at Valley Vista school and any other changes planned for the other 18 Schools in the PCSD for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 School years. I will discover in these communications when the decision for WAP installation at Valley Vista was made, when it was communicated to the parties affected, the date the work started and the date the work ended. It will be interesting to analyze this public information.

I should not have to repeat CPRA information requests, Steve. The PCSD has the legal obligation to comply fully with each CPRA request. The PCSD was negligent in not providing the information on the first request; I will not allow this to happen again. I believe I now have a half a dozen incomplete CPRA information requests with the PCSD, at present. I will ensure that the PCSD complies with each of my outstanding CPRA information requests, as required by law.

I am going to hold you to a much higher standard, Steve, for fulfilling your duties and responsibilities as Superintendent of the Petaluma City School District. You are very likely wasting our District's money and are endangering the health and safety of your employees and students. I will not let this continue to go unnoticed.

So, Steve, I am asking you to fulfill your duties and responsibilities as Superintendent of the Petaluma City School District: to provide all of the incomplete information from my 5/17/13 CPRA information request and from my other outstanding CPRA information requests. I am also asking you to answer all of the unaddressed questions you have been avoiding since our first meeting in April 15, 2013.

I am looking forward to working closely with you, Steve, and the PCSD Board Members to correct the mistakes made in the last month and to follow an open process that ensures that the PCSD is properly run as an open, local governmental agency, as required by law.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Steve Bolman wrote:
> [Parent],
>
> I know that Mike has provided answers to a couple of your questions.  CPRA is a means for the public to be able to access public information (documents) that exist, not to get questions answered.  The District continues to expand wireless access on campuses and Mike Cole has provided you with the Valley Vista site map that indicates where WAPs have been installed.  Rooms 21 and 22 are the kindergarten rooms at Valley Vista.  The WAPs were installed in locations that the installer determined would provide full access to the campus.  WiFi provides teachers, administrators and students with mobile access to the internet from anywhere on the campus.
>
> Steve

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Regards,



[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Mr. David Stirrat
Principal
Petaluma High School
201 Fair Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4651

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Stirrat,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html  . That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Stirrat, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
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Mr. Stirrat, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

 [a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

 [b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

 [c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address]  to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]

January 8, 2014

Ms. Linda Scheele
Principal
Casa Grande High School
333 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-4677

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Scheele,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Scheele, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Scheele, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

 [a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

 [b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

 [c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Mr. Gregory Stevenson
Principal
Carpe Diem High School
199 Fair Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4796

Principal
Sonoma Mountain High School
299 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-4738

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Stevenson,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Stevenson, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
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Mr. Stevenson, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

 [a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

 [b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

 [c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Mr. Rusty Sims
Principal
San Antonio High School
500 Vallejo Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4758

Principal
Valley Oaks School
540 Vallejo Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4794


Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Sims,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Sims, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Mr. Sims, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

 [a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

 [b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

 [c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,



[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Ms. Emily Dunnagan
Principal
Kenilworth Junior High School
800 Riesling Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-4710

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Dunnagan,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Dunnagan, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Dunnagan, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Ms. Renee Semik
Principal
Petaluma Junior High School
700 Bantam Way
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4724

Principal
6th Grade Academy
700 Bantam Way
Petaluma, California 94952-2594
707-778-4724

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Semik,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Semik, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Semik, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Ms. Rebecca Lofton
Principal
Crossroads Community Day School
700 Bantam Way
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4793

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Lofton,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Lofton, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
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Ms. Lofton, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Ms. Catina Haugen
Principal
Grant Elementary School
200 Grant Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4742

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Haugen,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Haugen, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Haugen, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014

Ms. Maureen Rudder
Principal
McDowell Elementary School
421 South McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-4745

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Rudder,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Rudder, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Rudder, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Mr. Matthew Harris
Principal
McKinley Elementary School
110 Ellis Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4750

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Harris,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Harris, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Mr. Harris, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Ms. Shelia Garvey
Principal
McNear Elementary School
605 Sunnyslope Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4752

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Garvey,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Garvey, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Garvey, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,


[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Ms. Amy Fadeji
Principal
Penngrove Elementary School
P.O. Box 480
Penngrove, CA 94951
707-778-4755

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Fadeji,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Fadeji, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Fadeji, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,



[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Mr. Matthew Morgan
Executive Director
Live Oak Charter School
100 Gnoss Concourse, Building 1,
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-762-9020

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Morgan,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Morgan, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Mr. Morgan, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

 [a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

 [b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

 [c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,



[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Ms. Emily Kleinholz
Principal
Valley Vista Elementary School
730 North Webster Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4762

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Ms. Kleinholz,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Ms. Kleinholz, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Ms. Kleinholz, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Regards,



[Parent]
January 8, 2014


Mr. Chad Carvey
Principal
Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Charter
1001 Cherry Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4740

Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

Dear Mr. Carvey,

According to the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004), each school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is a part of our local government agency, subject to all provisions of the CPRA. You are receiving this CPRA information request both by email and by certified letter.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Steve Bolman has not fully-complied with previous CPRA requests forwarded to him in 2013. You can find the details here: http://rfemf.com/schools.html. That is why I am submitting this CPRA information request directly to you. I have attached to this email a pdf of the Summary of the California Public Records Act 2004.

The PCSD and your school are not private companies and are not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD and its schools comprise a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open — nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Quotes of key provisions of the CPRA follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future. The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . . To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records . . . Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records."

The intent of this CA State law, Mr. Carvey, is to direct government employees, such as yourself, to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (maps, diagrams, reports, emails, letters, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from government employees, as stated in CA law.

January 8, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
------------------------------------------
Mr. Carvey, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

I am aware that many parents volunteer at schools in the Petaluma City School District to help on various committees such as the school's PTA Committee, Technology Committee, Green Team and other committees that help the school/local branch of government operate. Since these volunteers engage in activities that have direct impacts on the operation of the school and on the welfare of the students, they are an important component of our public schools and have a direct interest in the health and safety of the school's learning environment. I am also aware that each school has records of which parents are volunteering at the school, as the parents must meet certain criteria, and the school has a way to contact these parents. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any parent that volunteers at your school or serves on any school committee: they deserve to know the results of the inspections.

The same reasoning applies to the teachers and staff members who work at your school. I am requesting to inspect the records of the names and email addresses of any teacher or staff member who works at your school: they deserve to know the results of the inspections, as well.

Prior to the physical inspection, I am requesting to inspect whatever records you have may on site at your school regarding the brand name, model name/number, year put in service, and classroom location for each device, and if the device is connected via wires or wirelessly. The device inventory should include, but not be limited to document projectors, computer projectors, smart board devices, in-classroom microphone/speaker systems, printers, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, wired routers, wireless routers, wireless access points, switches, fiber-optic cables, Ethernet cables, and any other networking equipment required to run the school's computer network.

I will also need to review a map of your school and any other maps, diagrams or schematics that will show where Ethernet wires exist in your school and the location of each wired router, switch and wireless router/access point at your school.

I am also interested in inspecting any and all documents, files (either printed or stored on computers) meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence (including, but not limited to letters, emails and text messages), contracts, work orders and calendar appointments regarding

[a] the installation of any wired or wireless networking equipment at your school during the period from August 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014.

[b] any changes planned for the wired and wireless connectivity infrastructure on your school campuses for the following time periods: January, 2014 through July 2014, August, 2014 through July 2015, August, 2015 through July 2016

[c] parent or staff technology committee meetings/decisions

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,



[Parent]
January 9, 2014

Mr. Chad Carvey
Principal
Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Charter
1001 Cherry Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-4740

Dear Mr. Carvey.

Thank you for your email. You quoted the right portion of the law:

"A person need not give notice in order to inspect public records at an agency’s offices during normal working hours. However, if the records are not readily accessible or if portions of the records must be redacted in order to protect exempt material, the agency must be given a reasonable period of time to perform these functions.

When a copy of a record is requested, the agency shall determine within ten days whether to comply with the request, and shall promptly inform the requester of its decision and the reasons therefor"

Access to the equipment at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Charter for inspection is immediately accessible to members of the public and is independent of the request for all other records. No argument is needed because none can be made to contradict that.

[1] The records (the equipment) are readily accessible because they are in use every day
[2] None of the records (the equipment) can be redacted, so no time is needed for that
[3] No copy of a record has been requested, so the agency (your school) does not get its ten days

The clock started ticking on 1/8/14 at 3:27 PM. I dropped by to schedule an appointment with you on 1/8/14 at 4:40 PM. You refused to schedule one, which puts you in tough position with respect to CA State law. I am asking you to please cooperate and follow CA State law. You can do that by setting an appointment for the inspection and then honoring that appointment. I am willing to work with you, but will not accept undue delays. The appointment dates/times I have offered are these:

Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

It is within my rights to "inspect public records at an agency’s offices during normal working hours." I do not need to give notice to inspect the public records (the installed and operating equipment) at your school. I want to complete the inspections without disrupting educational activities at the school. That is why I am being flexible with the available times. I am just asking for your cooperation.

In this email, to clarify the independence of the requested records, I break out the equipment inspection portion into its own CA Public Records Act information request dated January 9, 2014. Here it is:

January 9, 2014 CA Public Records Request:
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Mr. Carvey, I am making a CPRA information request to verify existing conditions on your school campus that are critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment for your school's school teachers, staff and students. The following request suggests an efficient way to gather this information, but I am open to any assistance you may provide that will produce the accurate, verifiable information that I seek, at no additional cost to the requester in the time frame, specified below.

Importantly, the CPRA information request detailed in this document is not subject to delay for the following reasons:
[1] I am not requesting copies, just inspection of the existing conditions and records at your school
[2] The information already resides at your school because the equipment is installed and operating at your school
[3] The information is not exempt from the CPRA process

These three reasons guarantee members of the public immediate access to inspect the public records: the existing wired and wireless connectivity equipment and infrastructure currently in use at your school campus in January, 2014. This equipment was purchased and installed using public taxpayer funds and the public has the right to inspect how it is being used. I am available to perform this inspection with you or your designated school employee at any time from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Thu Jan 9 and Mon Jan 13 or from from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on any day between Mon Jan 27 to Fri Jan 31. I must complete the inspections by no later than January 31, 2014.

By law, access to this information is available for inspection by the public on demand. I recognize that it would be easiest to conduct these inspections outside of regular school hours and am willing to accommodate such a request. I estimate I will need 90-120 minutes to complete the inspections. I will bring my own recording devices and will be happy to share the results with all: you, the School Board, the PCSD District office, the teachers, the staff, the parents of the students and the public.

This CPRA information request is for the information you have on site at your school. It is not for information that might be stored at the District office. That information has been requested via other CPRA information requests.

It is disingenuous to maintain that your school does not have this information. The equipment is in place, is being used and the records are on site at your school. Members of the public are willing to work at no charge to gather and compile this easily verifiable information. You cannot prevent access to this public information; this information is critical for evaluating the safety of the learning environment at your school for your teachers, staff and students and for communicating the results.

Please respond to this email/certified letter at [email address] to schedule a time for me to complete the inspections detailed, above. If I do not hear from you by tomorrow, I will be following up by telephone, email and any other means necessary to ensure that your school follows CA law to provide timely access to the information requested in this CA Public Records Act information request.

Thank you for reading the law and following it. When can I schedule the inspection of the equipment at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Charter? I am seeking a prompt answer. If I do not receive an answer from you, I can use the law to ask for access at any time during normal working hours. As you pointed out in your email, the law says:

"A person need not give notice in order to inspect public records at an agency’s offices during normal working hours".

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Regards,



[Parent]
January 13, 2013

Re: The School District Is Making A $750,000 Bet/Guess Tomorrow
Re: CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48

To: Petaluma City School District Board Members
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Troy Sanderson , Board of Education Member, President
Michael Baddeley , Board of Education Member, Clerk
Mary Schafer , Board of Education Member
Sheri Chlebowski , Board of Education Member
Phoebe Ellis , Board of Education Member

To Petaluma City School District Personnel
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Mr. Steve Bolman 
Ms. Jane Escobedo 
Mr. David Rose 
Mr. Mike Cole 
Petaluma City School District
200 Douglas Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

To Petaluma City School District Principals
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David Stirrat  Principal, Petaluma High
Linda Scheele  Principal, Casa Grande High
Gregory Stevenson , Principal, Carpe Diem High & Sonoma Mountain High
Rusty Sims  Principal, San Antonio High & Valley Oaks School

Emily Dunnagan  Principal, Kenilworth Junior High
Rebecca Lofton , Crossroads Community Day School
Renee Semik  Principal, Petaluma Junior High,& 6th Grade Academy

Catrina Haugen  Principal, Grant Elementary
Maureen Rudder  Principal, McDowell Elementary
Matthew Harris  Principal, McKinley Elementary
Sheila Garvey   Principal, McNear Elementary
Amy Fadeji  Principal, Penngrove Elementary
Emily Kleinholz  Principal, Valley Vista Elementary
Matthew Morgan  Principal, Live Oak Charter
Chad Carvey  Principal, Mary Collins at Cherry Valley

Tomorrow at the 1/14/14 School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM at 200 Douglas St. in West Petaluma, the Petaluma City School District School Board Members are about to put their money where their mouth is: the School Board may vote on spending $750,000 on a huge wireless contract. They are going to bet/guess on an outcome that is not at all certain and will be putting the health and safety of all its staff and students at undue risk. If you have an opinion or a comment, please attend the meeting.

Is technology the best thing on which to spend $750,000 of common core money that could instead be spent on lowering class sizes, hiring more teachers, hiring more teacher aides or providing any other non-technology resource that would make your schools better? All each school really needs to do is wire up one or two rooms per school to handle online student assessment testing. That is the sum total of what the State is requiring. All this BYOD/wireless everywhere stuff is strictly a local decision. There is no federal mandate and there is no state mandate for the use of wireless technology. It is up to the Superintendent/Principals, who also hold the legal responsibility to provide a safe RF/EMF environment for their schools.

That's the dilemma. How do you provide a safe RF/EMF environment? Hard to say; we can't all agree on a number. Opinions differ wildly: leading scientists in the field say 1 mW/m2 and the FCC says 10,000,000 mW/m2 and other scientists pick numbers in between (mW/m2 is microwatt per square meter). That's a huge spread. No federal or state agency has any more certainty about this than any individual. No one needs to win the science-off to make this decision. This is a human-centered decision, based on one's personal comfort/discomfort with taking unnecessary risks with other people's children.

Principals, the question you have to ask yourself is are you willing to risk the long-term health and safety of our children in order to enjoy the uber-convenience of wireless connectivity? If you value the health and safety of children more than convenience, then you will do everything in your power to minimize RF/EMF microwave radiation levels in your classrooms.

If, on the other hand, you value convenience more than the health and safety of our children, then you will throw caution to the wind, risk everyone's health and safety and celebrate that on 1/14/14 the PCSD may be voting to spend $750,000 on a wireless contract instead of spending it on other things that could improve your schools.

You can't have it both ways. Your decision/actions, not your words, define your position. No amount of spin can change your decision/actions. You are either choosing to use wireless connectivity or you are choosing to use wired connectivity. You can't split the baby on this one.

So, how do you align your values with your decision/actions? You play it safe with our children/your students.

It is both humbling and frustrating that scientists disagree, but you still have to go one way or the other. We can all agree that wired connectivity is safe for all. We cannot all agree that wireless connectivity is safe for anyone. What can be shown, through a simple blood test, is that every single child reacts to RF/EMF microwave radiation. After just ten minutes next to a wireless device, a child's blood reacts to RF/EMF, it clumps into rouleaux formations, which affects oxygen transport and concentration. All of the organs of your child's body react to RF/EMF in some way because children are excellent antennas and absorb RF/EMF microwave radiation deep into their brains and bodies. No experiments have been done on children, other than the one we are doing right now in our public school classrooms.

Before the Petaluma School District censored access to this page:

http://rfemf.com/science.html#decision

you could have read the following text there:

>>> Start Quote

What happens if the PCSD is wrong?
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Intelligent leaders carefully weigh the costs and benefits of many options before making decisions that will affect the well-being of their followers: in this case, the nearly 900 staff members and 7,500 students in the Petaluma City School District.

The Petaluma City School District is very willing to bet/guess on an outcome that is not at all certain. Let's fast-forward ten years and hypothesize that the RF/EMF issue has been fully researched and the results accepted by all. There are two options:

Option A: Wireless is proven safe and has no long-term health-impacts.

Option B: Wireless is proven unsafe and has needlessly caused many illnesses and cancers in the population.

Scenario 1: If the District bets/guesses on Option A and it turns out that Option B is the truth, then the District has needlessly inflicted irreparable harm on it students and staff — a very large price to pay.

Scenario 2: If the District bets/guesses on Option B and it turns that Option A is the truth, then the District has needlessly endured the inconvenience of purchasing wired devices and running wired networks — a very small price to pay.

This is the compelling argument: the downsides of being wrong are much greater for Scenario 1 than for Scenario 2 and we have no certainty of the eventual outcome of future research. In short, for our children, who have no choice in this matter, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Followed by a link to this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z99_SzoXZdY   --> Skip to 6:22 in the video

>>> End quote

The ASM.net contract
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How much careful analysis went into this $750,000 AMS.net contract?  Hard to say. First, let's view the details of the contract. Hint: it is item #9. Go to the web site and try to find it. Pay attention to how long it takes you to find it.

Start here: http://petalumacityschools.org/

For those who could not find the contract, I have included it as one of the three attachments to this email:

[Attachment 1] 2014-0114-amsnet.pdf (a four page pdf)
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The boiler plate is on pages 1-2 and the important stuff is on page 3.

Is this contract a good deal?
How can we tell?
Is this the full contract?
Where is the itemized detail?
How many units of each item is the PCSD contracting to buy?
What is the price per unit?
Are these the lowest prices for each unit? How do we know?
What are the comparisons of other units from other vendors?
Are these premium products? Do we absolutely need them?
Are there other lower cost products that will still do the job?
What are the lower cost alternatives and their prices?
How much money could we save with lower cost alternatives?

How many hours of management labor are we buying at what rate?
How many hours of worker/installation labor are we buying at what rate?
Do we need any outside labor hours? Note: Every other wireless network installation at PCSD was handled with low cost internal labor, as I was informed by Mike Cole in response to an earlier CA Public Records request.
Why should we be spending money for any labor in this contract?

Does the PCSD even need to spend this $750,000?
You can't just spend $750,000 based on anecdotal complaints such as "I am having problems connecting".
What we already have might be perfectly adequate, but just needs to be repaired, tuned or adjusted.
Are we sure that we can't solve our problems by repairing, tuning or adjusting our existing network infrastructure?
We can't just take someone's word for this. Before we spend $750,000 we need hard evidence.

Many reflecting/absorbing surfaces in the schools interfere with wireless signals, degrading the bandwidth; it requires careful analysis and network tuning to get the most out of any wireless network. I am guessing that the PCSD has done very little, if any, tuning of its existing wireless network. I am certain that higher sustained connection speeds can be achieved with wired switches and Ethernet wires, a solution that doesn't require such time-consuming and costly tuning.

We need measurable connectivity bandwidth objectives, as well, right?
What are the connectivity bandwidth objectives for each school?
Why are these the right objectives?
What is the current bandwidth measurement of the existing wired network in each school? How does it compare to the objectives?
What is the current bandwidth measurement of the existing wireless network in each school? How does it compare to the objectives?
What are the comparative costs of achieving connectivity bandwidth objectives with a wired solution vs. a wireless solution?
We need to know this before we spend $750,000.

Why do we need to meet these bandwidth targets all at once?
Certainly we do not yet have 1:1 student:device ratios in the PCSD, and may not have them over the next five years.
Why do we need all this connectivity bandwidth right now?
What about layering in several different strategies, comparing them over time and expanding the ones that are best for the children: for both their education and for their health and safety?

Why are we spending any money at McDowell and McKinley schools in this contract?
Didn't the previous e-Rate $250,000 contract with AMS.net cover all of our needs there?
If not, why not?

Why are we spending any money at Valley Vista in this contract?
Didn't we already address their wireless needs over the summer with the surplus Cisco 4410N routers/access points removed from Kenilworth?
Didn't this work cover all of their needs there?
If not, why not and why did the PCSD implement the half-measure?

Why are we spending any money at Kenilworth in this contract?
Didn't we already address their wireless needs over the summer with the new routers/access points that allegedly replaced their old surplus Cisco 4410N routers/access points that were removed and placed in Valley Vista?
Didn't this work cover all of their needs there?
If not, why not and why did the PCSD implement the half-measure?

Where is the fat/excess profit/contingency factor in this contract? Every contract has one.
What happens if the contract comes in under budget?
Is that savings given back to the School District?

Finally, would any responsible person (i.e. a School Board Member) be able to make an intelligent evaluation about whether this contract was a good spend of District money, based on the information of these four pdf pages? No.

The PCSD did not put the full, itemized contract on the web site 72 hours in advance of the 1/14/14 School Board meeting, so neither the School Board members nor the public had the opportunity to review this huge ($750,000) and important contract. That is a large enough mistake that should convince the School Board to not vote on this item on 1/14/14 because there was simply not sufficient public notice and the Board Members did not have the information required to make an informed decision.

What will the School Board do on 1/14/14? I hope they do the right thing and postpone the vote on this contract until proper notice has been given and both the School Board members and the public have the opportunity to analyze the contract, make any necessary suggestions/changes and then bring it forward for a vote.

[Attachment 2] 2014-0114-AMS-Contract.pdf (a three page pdf)
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This is a simple spreadsheet that shows the missing information from the AMS.net contract.

1/13/14 CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48
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This CPRA request requires your immediate attention in order to comply with CA State Law. For this 1/13/14 CPRA request, I seek to inspect records on site and am not asking for copies, so there is no reason for any delay. Access is immediate, as afforded by CA State law. I am asking to inspect the records Tuesday morning, 1/14/14, as I am quite certain that these records are on site at the District Office:

[1] This is a CA Public Records Request for the immediate on-site inspection of the full, itemized AMS.NET contract in the amount of $478,156.45 at the District offices. No copies of this AMS.NET contract are being requested, just inspection of the records on-site at the District office.

[2] This is a CA Public Records Request for the immediate on-site inspection of all plans, records, diagrams and manufacturers' installation recommendations and installation guides and any other relevant information for the wired and wireless installations planned for each of the following schools mentioned in the AMS.net contract:

Grant Elementary
McDowell Elementary
McKinley Elementary
McNear Elementary
MCS-Cherry Valley Charter
Penngrove Elementary
Valley Vista Elementary
Petaluma Jr. High
Kenilworth Jr. High
Petaluma High
Casa Grande    High
San Antonio High

. . . for the following time periods:

    January, 2014 through July 2014
    August, 2014 through July 2015
    August, 2015 through July 2016

No copies of these installation plans are being requested, just inspection of the records on-site at the District office. Let's hope there is more detail now, since a CA Public Records Request for the same information in July, 2013 yielded nothing.

[3] This is a CA Public Records Request for all meeting agendas, meeting minutes, meeting summaries, agreements reached in meetings discussed in emails, text messages or letters for every PCSD Technology Committee meeting in 2013. No copies of these records are being requested, just inspection of the records on-site at the District office.

All PCSD employees are bound by the same CA State law: CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 6250, August, 2004.  I have attached the full pdf for your reference at the bottom of this email.

Quotes of just the key provisions of this law follow:

"In enacting the CPRA, the Legislature stated that access to information concerning the conduct of the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Cases interpreting the CPRA also have emphasized that its primary purpose is to give the public an opportunity to monitor the functioning of their government. The greater and more unfettered the public official's power, the greater the public's interest in monitoring the governmental action . . .

Writings held by state or local government are public records. A writing includes all forms of recorded information that currently exist or that may exist in the future.  The essence of the CPRA is to provide access to information, not merely documents and files . . .

To the extent reasonable, agencies are generally required to assist members of the public in making focused and effective requests for identifiable records."

The intent of this state law is for all PCSD employees to assist members of the public to get the information that they request. Members of the public will not always know on which artifacts (reports, email, calendar entries, text messages, hand-written notes, financial records, phone records, memories) the information they request will reside, so it puts the public at a disadvantage. Hence the need for assistance from the PCSD, as stated in CA law.

The PCSD is not a private company and is not afforded the same levels of confidentiality that a private company might enjoy. The PCSD is a branch of our local government and must conduct its business in the open -- nearly all of it in the open, except for personnel matters. All of the information that is not covered by exemptions is available for inspection by members of the public.

Please note, the CPRA says "Records may be inspected at an agency during its regular office hours. The CPRA contains no provision for a charge to be imposed in connection with the mere inspection of records." My plan is to read the documents at the District Office. I will bring my camera for the few photos that I may actually need to make.

1/8/14 CA Public Records Request per CA Public Records Act, GOVT. CODE §§ 6250-6276.48
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At present, all 19 of the Petaluma City School District principals are not complying with CA State law, specifically the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA), Government Code Sections 6250-6276.48 (January 2004) with respect to my 1/8/14 CPRA information request.

Each individual school in the Petaluma City School District (PCSD) is part of our local government agency, and each school is subject to all provisions of the CPRA. The 1/8/14 CPRA was sent to each school to get the records that are on-site at each school. Steve Bolman's letter of January 10, 2014 merely states his preference/intent of how he would like to handle the CPRA information requests to each school. Neither I nor my lawyer consider your letter an acceptable way to fulfill the 1/8/14 CPRA information requests. Each school will have to respond individually. I made the request of each school because I can no longer trust the information I receive from the District Office. I have in my possession documented records of actions of improper censorship, lies, omissions and harassment from PCSD District personnel.

I am willing to work with each school to schedule an on-site inspection, similar to the one already completed on 8/22/13 at Valley Vista, at a time that does not disrupt the school's educational activities. This is the compliance I seek this week: for each school to make appointments at a mutually agreeable date/time time to complete the on-site inspections to gather the public records that I seek by no later than January 31, 2014.

The inspections, photos and meter readings can be completed by myself at no charge or by any properly-trained, competent professional using a GigaHertz Solutions or equivalent professional RF/EMF meter that measures peak (not average) RF/EMF readings, using the meter's peak/hold function by pointing the meter's directional antenna directly towards and 18" from the antennas of the wireless router/access point and wireless device,s when the equipment's antennas are powered on and conducting typical educational activities. If the distances between the meter's antenna and the device's antenna have to be greater than 18" for any reason, then calculations will need to be made to report the RF/EMF readings that would be found at 18" away from the device.

One RF/EMF professional was recommended by Will Davis of RESIG, the district's insurance company back in July:

>>> On Wed at Jul 3 2013 at 9:05 AM, Will Davis wrote to Steve Bolman:

"Alex Stadtner is a consultant with Healthy Building Science in Marin. He does monitoring/sampling for EMFs. He can be reached at 415-785-7986. Please let me know if you decide to proceed with monitoring"

Mr. Bolman declined to use Mr. Stadtner's services back in July. See the details here:

http://rfemf.com/science.html

Should the schools use Mr. Stadtner's services? Sure, if the schools want to spend some money unnecessarily. I am willing to complete the inspections at no charge and will share the results openly.

The meter readings are what really matter. The readings do not depend on the ideas, beliefs or opinions of any person, scientist or state agency. Once the principals know the truth about the total cumulative RF/EMF that is being pumped into each classroom, the principals will be better able to use their good judgment to take whatever actions they need to fulfill their legal duties to provide a safe RF/EMF environment. Of course, each principal can get a pretty close idea by evaluating the information already on this web page:

http://rfemf.com/counter.html

You could see it if the PCSD didn't block access to this site. Oh well, what's a little blatant censorship? We don't want to teach our students any principles freedom of speech, open debate and tolerance for dissenting points of view

Wireless Installation Plans
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The PCSD couldn't consider making a $750,000 commitment without a detailed plan for the use of this equipment, right? How else would the PCSD know if we needed that much equipment in the first place? The PCSD would also have to follow manufacturer recommendations for how many wireless routers/access points would be needed to meet the objectives for each school.

Did the PCSD follow the manufacturer's recommendations when they took 11 Cisco 4410N wireless access points from Kenilworth Junior High and put them into Valley Vista Elementary? No, they did not.

The PCSD put 11 access points all over the school at a much higher density than that recommended by the Cisco installation guides to serve the number of students using wireless technology at Valley Vista. What's the result? Twice the RF/EMF exposure than was needed and even placing one Cisco 4410N wireless access point in a kindergarten room, and two more Cisco 4410N WAPs within 50 feet of the kindergarten room,  where students aren't even using wireless connectivity for their education. For perspective, the 802.11n Wi-Fi spec requires a maximum range of 800 feet for each WAP.

I cannot convey to you how unnecessary, unkind and unintelligent this is. All from a lack of forethought and a lack of planning.

Was there any concern for the children's health and safety? No.
Was there any safety testing? No.
Was there any parental notice? No.
Did parents give their consent? No.
Is this RF/EMF exposure necessary in anyway? No.
Will the school principal correct this mistake? No.
Will the school principal explain why she continues to do this? No.

I cannot explain this behavior from any principal who has the legal duty to provide a safe RF/EMF environment for kindergarteners. I can only say that her decision continues to be unnecessary, unkind, unintelligent and irresponsible.

This page will explain why: http://rfemf.com/counter.html

To date, the total cumulative RF/EMF microwave radiation in the Valey Vista kindergarten room has exceeded our federal RF/EMF microwave radiation levels by over 650 times in the first 82 school days of 2013-2014 school year. If wireless devices were in use in the classroom, the RF/EMF microwave radiation would have exceeded the federal RF/EMF microwave radiation levels by nearly 15-20,000 times during this same time period. Wireless signals cause many documented health effects (http://rfemf.com/health.html).

The Valley Vista principal, obviously, doesn't care enough about the health and safety of our children/her students, otherwise she would just turn off the unnecessary wireless access points near the kindergarten room. They are completely unnecessary for the operation of the rest of the wireless network at the Valley Vista school.

Wired Installation Plans
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Prices from Amazon.com as of 1/12/14:

http://www.amazon.com/Meraki-Dual-Radio-Cloud-Managed-Wireless-MR16/dp/B006ON7JWE/
$779.00 Meraki Dual-Radio 600 Mbps Cloud-Managed Wireless 802.11n Access Point (MR16)

http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-SE2800-8-Port-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B004TLIVBG/
$48.48 Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
$40.47 Linksys SE2500 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Here is how you can make a wired solution work:

Assume we standardize on Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
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5 switches per classroom x $50 each = $250 per classroom, accommodates 36 connections

One switch in center of ceiling
Drops wires to each corner and to the mid-point of each wall
This creates 8 possible connection points in the classroom
To each connection point, attach either a single device or another 8-port switch
This make classrooms uber-flexible;
Orient collaborative work groups around perimeter of the classroom

Only buy what you need now; one can easily expand later:

[1] $ 50 for  8 connections, equips 15 classrooms for cost of one Meraki MR16
[2] $100 for 15 connections, equips  7 classrooms for cost of one Meraki MR16
[3] $150 for 22 connections, equips  5 classrooms for cost of one Meraki MR16
[4] $200 for 29 connections, equips  4 classrooms for cost of one Meraki MR16
[5] $250 for 36 connections, equips  3 classrooms for cost of one Meraki MR16

This also spreads the risk: If any one switch fails, it only costs $50 to replace it.

This represents the high tech, high intelligence solution.

Regards,



[Parent]