City of Asheville Submitted: June 4, 2021 | Updated: November 19, 2021

[See Editor’s Note](June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

Original Subject:
Reparations speaker series pay

Original Message:
I would like to know how much the city is paying speakers to come talk about reparations. How will this be funded? Private funding or tax payer dollars or American Rescue plan funds? I would like to see emails from the City Managers office to confirmed speakers please.

Start Date / End Date:
March 1, 2021 - May 18, 2021

Government Entity:
City of Asheville

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note 06/04/21: The above submission has been revised for clarity.

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The request we send to AVL City Gov will read as follows:

Subject:
(June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

Message:
Hi City of Asheville, NC Government (Records Officer),

I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law:

A1) If applicable – I would like to know if, and how much, the City has paid and will pay in 2021 to all speakers, event participants, and organizers of the City’s “Reparations: Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series” which is being held across several dates in June. This should also include any payments to City Staff, Council Members, etc.

Ref: https://publicinput.com/X5652

I am not asking you to identify the names of individuals who have been / will be paid – I’m only interested in the $ amount of each payment, broken down by date and a general description.

A2) This may be more of an informational type question, rather than a specific request to the City — but I’d also like to know where the funding for the Series comes from – Whether that’s actually private funding, taxpayer dollars, American Rescue plan funds, etc.

B) Please provide all emails sent from any member of the City Manager’s office to any of the confirmed event Speakers from 03/01/21 through 06/04/21 (or on the date the query is performed).

Thank you for your assistance!


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Status: Government Processing Request

Activity:

  • November 19, 2021 4:13 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Nov 19, 2021, 4:13 PM
    subject: Re: [Document Released to Requester] City of Asheville public records request #21-16

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville Public Records,

     

    Thank you for this update!

     

    We’ll wait to follow up again on Part B until the end of December.

     

    Have a good evening.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 26, 2021 3:02 pm

    1 month ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 26, 2021, 3:02 PM
    subject: [Document Released to Requester] City of Asheville public records request #21-16

     

    Hello, Sunshine Request

     

    Attached are the responses to Parts A1 & A2 of your request. Part B is now number 7 in the email queue. Please let me know if you have any questions.

     

    Thanks,
    Leslie

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file ” CoA_Reparations Speaker Series Public Records Request Reponse.pdf” at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • October 21, 2021 4:59 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Leslie Coty <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 21, 2021, 4:59 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon, Sunshine Request,

     

    This request is still being processed. I hope to have an update on the status of Parts A & A2 soon. Part B is now number 7 in the email queue. I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.

     

    Regards,
    Leslie

    Leslie Coty
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]

     


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 18, 2021 4:21 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Public Records Request Inbox <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 18, 2021, 4:21 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville Public Records,

     

    I am following up on this request that was originally sent in on 6/8: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    We last heard from Liz about this request on July 30th. Is there any update to report on the anticipated timeline for this request’s completion?

     

    I will plan on checking in again in early November if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • August 24, 2021 1:33 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 24, 2021, 1:33 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for your update on this request from 7/30.

     

    I will wait to follow up again on this request until early October.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 30, 2021 9:54 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,

     

    The relevant departments are in the process of collecting the documents and the emails are at position 11 in the queue.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 29, 2021 3:23 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 29, 2021, 3:23 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt back on June 10th. As those events have now ended, we’re wondering if there’s any additional update to the timeline of this request’s completion that you can provide?

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • June 10, 2021 12:43 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 10, 2021, 12:43 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,

     

    I have received your public records request. As this is an on-going event, I will wait until the events are over and the payments distributed before sending it on for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. The email portion of this request is number 15 in the email queue. Once the emails are pulled and reviewed for confidential information, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have questions.


    All best,

    Liz Harper (she/her)

    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]gov

    Status: Government Processing Request
  • June 8, 2021 1:00 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 8, 2021, 1:00 PM
    subject: Records Request: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Government,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again at the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (June 2021) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Any payments related to “Reparations speaker series” participants through June 2021

     

    Message: “Hi City of Asheville, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law:

     

    A1) If applicable – I would like to know if, and how much, the City has paid and will pay in 2021 to all speakers, event participants, and organizers of the City’s “Reparations: Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series” which is being held across several dates in June. This should also include any payments to City Staff, Council Members, etc.

     

    Ref: https://publicinput.com/X5652

     

    I am not asking you to identify the names of individuals who have been / will be paid – I’m only interested in the $ amount of each payment, broken down by date and a general description.

     

    A2) This may be more of an informational type question, rather than a specific request to the City — but I’d also like to know where the funding for the Series comes from – Whether that’s actually private funding, taxpayer dollars, American Rescue plan funds, etc.

     

    B) Please provide all emails sent from any member of the City Manager’s office to any of the confirmed event Speakers from 03/01/21 through 06/04/21 (or on the date the query is performed).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • June 4, 2021 4:51 pm

    5 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending