Earlier this week we wrote a story about why the city of San Jose should release more emails soon-to-be police chief Eddie Garcia sent with his city email account. Some of you supported our contention that this is a matter of transparency, and some of you ... disagreed.
Up until Wednesday, the city had denied the release of the emails, noting that they were “personal” and had nothing to do with conducting the public's business. In light of what we already knew from past emails, we appealed this ruling to the Rules and Open Government Committee. In a bit of a surprise, San Jose Inside’s appeal was granted on a unanimous 4-0 vote.
The emails Garcia sent will now be reviewed by the city’s open government manager, Tamara Becker, and we’ll take a look once redactions are made. City staff estimated there are approximately 400 emails to go through.
We could rehash every point and counterpoint made on the matter, and there were some good ones, but video of Wednesday’s meeting (click on the dot closest to the right or go to 2:30:00) can probably suffice if you’ve got 10—or 50—minutes to burn.