Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Public Records Request Repository

2021009 PRQ – City of Colusa – Credit Card Expenses for Events/Activities

This public records request is to inspect documented expenses relating to the Tourism Fund, Country in Colusa event, the Watermelon Festival event, the 4th of July Fireworks, the Concerts in the Park, and the Recreation Program. This public records request is incomplete and documents are still pending from the City of Colusa. This document was updated on Sept. 8, 2021.

2021009 PRQ – City of Colusa – Donations Received

With an inquiry to the recent government funded events, officials stated that the events have been paid for by donors. In a public record request, this newspaper requested the amounts donated, and the names of the donors for transparency. This document was updated on Sept. 8, 2021.

2021012 PRQ – California A.B.C. – Colusa, CA – Alcohol Beverage Licenses for Specific Time Period

After public questions arouse in regard to the City of Colusa holding alcoholic beverage licenses for their events, a public records request was submitted to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. This document was updated on Sept. 8, 2021.

2021009 PRQ – City of Colusa – Tourism, Events, Recreation – PART 2

This public records request (PART 2) was to inspect documents relating to the Tourism Fund, Country in Colusa event, the Watermelon Festival event, the 4th of July Fireworks, the Concerts in the Park, and the Recreation Program. This public records request is incomplete and documents are still pending from the City of Colusa. This document will be updated as we receive more information. This document was updated on Aug. 23, 2021.

2021009 PRQ – City of Colusa – Tourism, Events, Recreation – PART 1

This public records request (PART 1) was to inspect documents relating to the Tourism Fund, Country in Colusa event, the Watermelon Festival event, the 4th of July Fireworks, the Concerts in the Park, and the Recreation Program. This public records request is incomplete and documents are still pending from the City of Colusa. This document will be updated as we receive more information. This document was updated on Aug. 12, 2021.

August 2021 – City of Colusa Finance Warrant List (June 2021)

This document includes the payments (warrants) issued for the City of Colusa included in the Aug. 17, 2021, Colusa City Council Agenda Packet. Updated Aug. 12, 2021

2021010 PRQ – City of Colusa – Gift/Donations Policy

This public records request was initiated after the City of Colusa announced that administrators, and staff were accepting donations, gifts, and gratuities. The City of Colusa does not have a policy for donations, gifts, or gratuities. The city replied with the employee handbook that prohibits donations, gifts, and gratuities.

2021002 PRQ – County of Colusa – CBDG PI Grant for City of Colusa

This public records request was initiated following the City of Colusa mentioning the application with the County of Colusa's CBDG Program that had not come before the public. In our findings, this application included information regarding the Cities Prop 68 funding and proponents of the Splash Pad.

2021007 PRQ – City of Colusa – Website Development

The City of Colusa began showcasing several new domains, including discovercolusa.com. With no discussion during City Council meetings, we initiated this public records request to obtain critical information for public transparency. We requested website ownership information, website developer contracts, and more.

2021006 PRQ – City of Colusa – Business Spotlight Program

During the winter of 2020, the City of Colusa was promoting local businesses on its social media. While great for local businesses, the City of Colusa appeared to be choosing select businesses for this operation. We initiated the public records request to determine the means of advertising availability of the program, as well as program requirements and estimated costs. The City provided no estimated cost to the taxpayers to act as an advertising agency for private businesses.

2021004 PRQ – City of Colusa – Facebook Costs and Relationship

This public records request inquires about the cities interest and business involvement with Facebook, Inc. The City of Colusa began purchasing, boositng, and sponsoring advertisements with the company. Facebook, Inc. does not have a business license in the City of Colusa.

2021003 PRQ – City of Colusa – Riverside Lanes Event

After an inquiry on the lack of public notice for the road closure of Main St. for a private event, this public records request was initiated. This request inquired about the costs associated with the road closure, proof of the road closure and the city's involvement in the activity.