in news no one cares about, after a 13-month quest to find out what Tulsa offered Amazon in its ill-fated attempt at HQ2, I finally won.
Backstory no one cares about: The city refused to release the proposal to me, basically telling me that despite all evidence in the world that the proposal was a public record, it had been funneled through so many exempt agencies that it would never be released to me. they denied my request for the document, they denied my request for emails about the document (my hope was that the pdf would be included as an attachment in a city email,) they denied everything.
Even state agencies who had a hand in crafting it denied me. It was maddening - tulsa had no shot. We might as well have been trying to get the olympics! Yet no one would reveal just what kind of tax breaks they had offered Amazon.
Last night I managed to find a source who had a copy of the document. He gave it to me. I won. The story is boring. But I won and that's what matters.
final note: I was right, the copy of the proposal I got was an attachment to an email from a city employee (who was emailing the document through a personal email account in order to keep it out of city emails that would easily turn up in an open records request. personal emails are not exempt from the ORA but we rarely ask for them. I caught our old governor using a personal email several times.
Duke Silver wrote:You've never been right about anything. You bitch and moan at the slightest hint of things not going right ... Suck my ass, you whiny little bitch.