Court Orders City of Dallas to Respond to Wet-Dry Opponents' Writ By July 19
Siegel also sent the following note concerning Ernst's missive to the AG's office, which you'll find on the other side:
It's unbelievable that the City would refuse to produce ANY documents in connection with our Open Records Requests pertaining to the City's calling of a local option election. I expect the Atty General to force the disclosures. What does it say about a City that's afraid to disclose how it determined that there were sufficient and valid signatures on the Local Option Election Petition to justify calling a $1.2 million election AND to risk reversing the elective Dry status of much of the City? Since when did Dallas call & hold its elections in the dark? How will the City defend its actions now that the Court of Appeals has ordered (today) the City to address our Mandamus Petition (per attached)? At the end of the day, there's a Fake Petition and a False Election and the City knows it.To which First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers responds, in short: That's nonsense.
"We are treating his request the same as we treat anyone else's," Bowers tells Unfair Park. "We are entitled to treat certain matters as confidential, and the AG will tell us if we can [in this case], and we'll see where it goes from there. But we're not treating this or Mr. Siegel differently than we treat any other request, and he's not the only one making requests about this matter.
"Besides, we are releasing documents that are appropriate to be released. We're not outright refusing to respond to any requests. Plenty of documents are being released. He's gotten ample documents.
As for the court's decision Friday, Bowers says it's kind of surprising, since "most of the time the court doesn't request a response" when a writ of mandamus is filed. Nevertheless, he says, "We'll get busy."
Oh -- and the election will not cost $1.2 million, city officials like to remind, since the local option election will be held on a regularly scheduled voting day, November 2.
Is it too early for a drink? Never.
Court Ordering City Response City Attorney Letter to AG Re Wet-Dry Request