Encinitas resident Kevin Cummins filed a lawsuit demanding that the city turn over public records. A court found in Cummins' favor and ordered the city to release the documents. The city has filed a notice of appeal.
The city originally argued that they did not have to release documents because they were “draft documents.”
But Cummins said he knew that if he didn't go to court, he would never get the documents. “It was very clear they weren’t going to release it,” Cummins said. “They were just going to sit on it. There's other documents they're sitting on as we speak.”
“What happens in our city, happens in other cities – but we got them,” Cummins said of the court victory. “It’s a good example that the courts will see that this is problematic. It’s a victory for people. ”
Read a summary of Cummins' fight — and why he wanted the documents related to street maintenance at his blog.
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