Palo Alto Free Press has embarked through the issuance of a California Public Records Request to learn the extent of the Palo Alto Police Departments involvement in the Occupy Movement in Oakland California.
With public funds already stretched to its limits, were hoping to gain insight into city manager James Keene’s thought processes in ordering this tactical operation and its costs to the Palo Alto taxpayers.
Our Public Records Request is as follows and we will continually up-date with new information as soon as it becomes available.
Dear City Attorney Molly Stump:
RE: California Public Records Act Request – City of Oakland, California
This letter constitutes a request pursuant to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), submitted to the Palo Alto Police Department on behalf of the Palo Alto Free Press. The CPRA facilitates the fundamental right of access to state public records guaranteed to California citizens in the state’s constitution.
Scope of request: All costs incurred to city of Palo Alto taxpayers for police services rendered to the city of Oakland, California during operation “Occupy” Pre and Post by the city of Palo Alto and it’s Police Department.
Accordingly, the Palo Alto Free Press hereby requests all records (including, but not limited to, electronic records) maintained by the Palo Alto Police Department and their officers, employees,and agents discussing, concerning, or reflecting:
1. Any policies, guidelines, or other documentation regarding the use of police services rendered to other policing agency’s including the City of Oakland, California
2. List of all tactical equipment used during this operation.
3. Copy of request for services received by the city of Palo Alto’s police department from the city of Oakland California on staffing requirements.
4. Total number of Palo Alto Police officers used / employed during operation.
5. Total amount of salaries including overtime.
6 Number to weapons fired: (1) Teargas (2) Tazers (3) Beanbags (4) Bubberbullets
7. Total number of vehicles used.
8. Tactical name assigned by the Palo Alto Police Department for the city of Oakland, California.
This request applies to all documents in your agency’s possession, including emails, video and audiotapes, and other electronic records. It also includes documents that were created by a member of another government agency or a member of the public. If specific portions of any documents are exempt from disclosure, please provide the non-exempt portions
Please respond to this request within ten days, either by providing all the requested records or by providing a written response setting forth the legal authority on which you rely in withholding or redacting any document and stating when the documents will be made available.
 Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 6250-6276.48.
 See Cal. Const. art. I, § 3(b).
 See Cal. Gov’t Code § 6252(e), (g).
 See Cal. State Univ. v. Superior Court, 90 Cal. App. 4th 810, 824-25 (5th Dist. 1999).
 See Cal. Gov’t Code § 6253(a).
 See id. §§ 6253(c), 6255.
If I can provide any clarification that will help identify responsive documents or focus this request, please contact me at 650-646-5737 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the CPRA allows member of the public to request records by describing their content, rather than asking for specific documents by name; an agency that receives such a request must “search for records based on criteria set forth in the search request.”
Because the Palo Alto Free Press is a media organization, I ask that you waive any fees.  I also request that any records maintained in electronic format be provided in that same format, to avoid duplication costs. However, should you be unable to do so, Palo Alto Free Press will reimburse your agency for the direct costs of copying these records (if your agency elects to charge for copying) plus postage.
If you anticipate that these costs will exceed $10, or that the time needed to copy the records will delay their release, please contact me so that I can arrange to inspect the documents or decide which documents I wish to have copied.] Otherwise, please copy and send them as soon as possible, and we will promptly pay the required costs.
Palo Alto Free Press
 See id. § 6253.1.
 See Cal. First Amendment Coal. v. Superior Court, 67 Cal. App. 4th 159, 165-66 (3d Dist. 1998).
 See Cal. Gov’t Code § 6253(e); North County Parents Org. v. Dep’t of Ed., 23 Cal. App. 4th 144, 148 (1994).
 Cal. Gov’t Code § 6253.9.