Hi everyone - I'm new to this community, but was hoping to glean some advice from you all regarding the process of building grassroots support. I'm in a group which has put together a "freeways to parkways" concept for I-35 in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. We put together a website to showcase our concept and released it last week. Our main goal at this point is to grow our movement, create new partnerships, and further strengthen our concept. If anyone could offer any insights on good tactics to reach people and connect with potential supporters I would greatly appreciate it. You... (More)
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Suzanne Maeder's answer contains good information. You should be specific or you may not get an answer, or have to pay for a lot of information you don't really want. From there it gets complicated and the attorneys get involved.
The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on March 5 on whether charter designated city officials can keep information from the public by simply not ever providing them to the city council for deliberation even though the costs required to create the records were billed to and paid by the city. The city won in the lower courts and... (More)
Each state is different but we handle FOIA requests all the time. The FOIA system in our state is set up to provide public access to existing documents or digital files. We are not required to create any new documents with this kind of request. This means you have to be careful how you ask for information. If someone ask for a map of all the oak trees in town, for example, we would just have to respond that we do not have that document and that would be the end of it. Maybe ask for "the crash reports for... (More)
Since you're in Texas, I may be able to direct you to the information you need without a FOIA request. It depends on the level of detail you're wanting.
You don't need to name your town, but what information are you seeking? Just general data like number of crashes, crash severity, race, age, car make of people involved, etc.? Or do you also need the police narrative of what happened? Individual police reports require FOIA. Most other things can be determined in a publicly accessible way.