Friday, January 4, 2019

Schipske Calls for City Attorney to Stop the Destruction of Council Records His Office Claimed Were Destroyed

Dear Mr. City Attorney:
As you might recall, in 2016, I was subpoenaed and deposed as a witness in the matter of Peggy Crisp v. City of Long Beach. Ms. Crisp had fallen on a broken sidewalk and had informed the City that my Council office had conducted inspections of her neighborhood sidewalks and gave information concerning the condition of the sidewalks to the Director of Public Works. Ms. Crisp was correct and inspection cards and an excel report were generated and sent to the Director of Public Works for a monthly meeting to discuss infrastructure repairs.

During my sworn deposition I was informed by the Deputy City Attorney representing the City, that the City did not have any of the records to which I referred to in my testimony, despite the fact that my office staff had filed and indexed these records and that at a minimum City code requires those records be retained for at least four years. 

Your Deputy informed me and Plaintiff's attorney, that Councilwoman Stacy Mungo and Public Works Mike Conway had responded to requests for documents stating that none of my records had been retained by the City. Shortly after the deposition, I was told that my office emails had been deleted 30 days after I left office.

I did not appreciate the assertion by your staff that I was not telling the truth that these files were kept by my office and left there when I exited office.

Imagine my surprise when I was informed that on Tuesday, January 8, the City Clerk has placed several items on the Consent Agenda requesting the Council authorization to destroy records of among other departments, the 5th Council District. The index of those records indicate that there are many boxes of files going back to 2006 when I took office.
Either the Councilwoman and the former Director of Public Works purposely misled your office or your office misled during the deposition.

I hereby request that the Council item be withdrawn and that the City Clerk disclose the content of each specific document in those boxes.

Schipske Calls for City Attorney to Stop the Destruction of Council Records His Office Claimed Were Destroyed

Dear Mr. City Attorney: As you might recall, in 2016, I was subpoenaed and deposed as a witness in the matter of Peggy Crisp v. City of...