On November 8, 2021, the Globe emailed the Governor‘s Press Office, asking for “the Governor‘s public schedule that week: Monday November 8 through Saturday November 13.”
We did not receive a reply until Thursday November 18th, 10 days later, denying our request. Below is the Bolshevik-era response from the Governor’s legal unit.
Our favorite part in the letter is this:
“We anticipate that the Governor’s calendar for November 2021 will be available in January 2022. This timeline provides us an opportunity to review the calendar, to redact information that is exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act (as discussed below), and to standardize our production dates for all requesters seeking copies of the Governor’s calendar.” (emphasis ours)
And this unbelievable word salad claims he does not keep a traditional calendar:
It may be helpful to understand that the Governor’s official calendar is not maintained in a traditional appointment book or calendar. Instead, daily schedules are maintained in a computer program and are subject to revision. Like many people’s calendars, the Governor’s calendar is not a complete record of what the Governor has done, or with whom he has met. Only meetings and other matters scheduled in advance are reflected on the calendar. The calendar may or may not be updated after the fact if a scheduled meeting does not take place. Some of the Governor’s work does not involve scheduled meetings, so some meetings and activities may not appear on the calendar.
We did not specify what type of “calendar” device Gov. Newsom uses to keep his schedule; we just asked for his “public schedule.”
The Governor’s Legal Unit included:
“In order to protect the personal security of the First Partner as well as the Governor and his staff, calendar entries that contain certain travel information and information about the First Partner or the Governor’s security detail will not be produced.”
The Globe did not ask for personal information – we merely asked for the Governor’s public schedule. It should be easy to print out the electronic version and redact anything legal or personal, now, and not in January 2022.
This response from the Governor’s legal unit begs the question: “Why hide Gov. Newsom’s schedule?”
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