Skip that trip to Mexico... A whopping bill for a Vancouver FOI request
Just as CityCaucus.com was starting to see increased revenues as we pull out of this dreadful recession, we received another invoice from the City of Vancouver. This time they are asking us to send them $1410.00 in order that our crack research department can get a hold of a few documents related to the City's budget process. There's goes Vision's openness and transparency promise again.
We put in an FOI asking to see a copy of:
- any reports produced for the City by Sierra Systems
- any correspondence between the City's management team and Sierra Systems
- a copy of the Sierra Systems contract
CityCaucus.com had planned to share these documents with our readers in order to give you an inside look at the backroom discussions taking place regarding Vancouver's budget making process. In particular, what the external consultant told city management regarding who should be "laid off" and when. Obviously there is no way we have the funds to cover this cost, so the documents will forever remained sealed up in the basement vault at 12th and Cambie.
As many of our readers know, we have successfully used Freedom of Information legislation to break a number of interesting civic stories. Our research revealed it cost $110,000 to fly Carbon Cadman around the world, the were 345 Vancouver police officers making over $100,000 last year and City staff were taking pictures while Snowmageddon raged in Vancouver.
We'll continue to dig deeper over the coming months to provide you with the civic stories few if any other media outlets are covering. Unfortunately, regarding our Sierra Systems FOI, we've officially hit a dead end.