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					Eddie Garcia
Post Office Box 120235
Nashville, TN 37212
eddievsongs@gmail.com

Sent Via Telecopier (978) 722-9150 & US First Class Mail

March 5, 2012

Mr. Charles Boddy, City Attorney
City of Lawrence
200 Common Street, Room 306
Lawrence, MA 01840

        Re: FOIA FORMAL REQUEST FOR ALL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Mr. Boddy:

Although it appears Mr. Maloney is the custodian of record, you have been replying to all my previous FOIA
requests.

   from Me-- rockinsockin247@yahoo.com                                                      hide details 6:00 PM
      reply-to Me-- <rockinsockin247@yahoo.com>                                                  (5 minutes ago)

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                "cboddy@cityoflawrence.com" <cboddy@cityoflawrence.com>,
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                "EBernal@cityoflawrence.com" <EBernal@cityoflawrence.com>,
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                "rtwomey@cityoflawrence.com" <rtwomey@cityoflawrence.com>,
                "salmonte@cityoflawrence.com" <salmonte@cityoflawrence.com>,
                "wmaloney@cityoflawrence.com" <wmaloney@cityoflawrence.com>

          cc "eddievsongs@gmail.com" <eddievsongs@gmail.com>,
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        date Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM
      subject FOIA Inquiry, March 5, 2012
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              Important mainly because of the words in the message.
To the parties herein:

Specifically, the official custodian of record is WILLIAM J MALONEY and since CHARLES BODDY has been the
city official responding to my previous FOIA requests, this formal request pursuant to the laws of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts goes to Mr. Boddy. Per those public records laws, you have (10) ten days to
comply.

For the record, I will undertake an investigation into whether someone at the city of Lawrence (city hall) authorized
or illegally prevented me from submitting lawful and official inquiries to the city from
my eddievsongs@gmail.com GMAIL account. Any person is permitted, under law to submit FOIA requests
regardless of domicile or profession.

The eddievsongs@gmail.com email account remains my preferred and official method of contacting or receiving
any official response from within the city of Lawrence, Ma. Any response to this email address
(rockinsockin247@gmail.com) henceforth must be accompanied with a response to eddievsongs@gmail.com.

Therefore, pursuant to all applicable laws related to FOIA and public records, I request that ALL the minutes from
ALL the city council meetings from the time a WILLIAM LANTIGUA became mayor of Lawrence, Ma, after taking
the official oath of office, be sent to the following address:

Eddie Garcia
PO Box 120235
Nashville, TN 37212

Moreover, Massachusetts law, as specified herein, and mandated by the Secretary of State permits the release
of said minutes and furthermore permits and STRONGLY encourages the waiver of ANY and ALL fees
relative to this specific request for MINUTES. If you Mr. Boddy refuse to waive the fees, I shall inquire the
secretary of state for intervention and shall file a lawsuit compelling compliance and seek attorneys' fees, costs
and punitive damages.

Minutes of open meetings, regardless of form, are public and must be made available at the close of the meeting.
There is no requirement that the minutes be transcribed or approved before they are made public. A records
custodian should clearly mark all such minutes “unofficial.”

Minutes of prior open meetings, regardless of form, should be reviewed and accepted promptly. Copies of the
minutes of all open meetings should be readily available. Records custodians are strongly encouraged to waive
all fees associated with the minutes of open meetings. Pursuant to the Guide to the Massachusetts Public
Records Law, minutes of executive session meetings must be reviewed and released regularly and promptly.
Executive session minutes must be released to the public as soon as the stated purpose for the executive session
protection has ceased. For cities, towns and municipal boards, the Open Meeting Law is enforced by the Local
District Attorney should there be a non-compliance action.
References:
G. L. c. 4, § 7(26)

G. L. c. 66, § 10 (2006 ed.
And any other applicable federal or state law.

Regards,
/s/ EDDIE GARCIA
Eddie Garcia

Cc:
Ms. Allison Zieve, Attorney
Public Citizen Group
1600 20th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

City Council of Lawrence Ma.(via electronic mail that is NOT blocked as a sender)

Secretary of State, Office of Public Records (via electronic mail)

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, (via US First Class Mail)

Essex County District Attoney Jonathan Blodgett (via Telecopier)

				
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