California State University Completes Timely Response to
CalAware’s Public Records Act Request
(May 18, 2010) – The California State University today provided the remaining records pertaining to a Public Records Act request made by Californians Aware on April 9 regarding the appearance of Sarah Palin at CSU Stanislaus' 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala event.
"We have completed our search for records in response to the CalAware Public Records Act request," said CSU University Counsel Dawn Theodora. "Due to the volume of requests from the media and others for the same information, we have posted the documents on our website to provide for a more efficient process."
The documents are posted here.
As with the initial set of records reviewed by CalAware on May 10, at least 95 percent of the records are duplicative and contain primarily press and media inquiries, PRA requests, and public inquiries about the event. Documents disclosed on May 10 are posted here.
Included among the emails are:
- Email between CSU Stanislaus Advancement Vice President Susana Gajic-Bruyea and media outlets after they requested a copy of the draft contract addendum previously posted online by California Senator Leland Yee. The Stanislaus County District Attorney is conducting a criminal investigation about how students obtained the draft addendum.
- Email regarding a donor's restricted contribution to purchase blazers for the campus' student Republican club members to wear to the 50th Gala event. The donor has since agreed that the contribution may be used for general purposes for the event. Additional students from the campus are expected to be invited to attend.
- Email referring to various alumni who wrote in to either complain about or compliment Palin's appearance. The campus Advancement Office maintains alumni information, and the department accessed this information to reply to individual alumni concerns.
- Email outlining the handling of a large number of media requests and internal coordination needed to respond.
Personal email addresses, student names, personal donor information, and records pertaining to the pending criminal investigation have been redacted to protect privacy rights.
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