Almost a month ago I made what I thought would be a simple CPRA request to discover what the expenses and funding are for tonight’s Fracking Symposium at CSUF. It would have been easier to nail jello to a tree.
Chalk it up to lack of familiarity with the CPRA process or purposefully delaying their response to avoid comment or criticism tonight, CSUF gets a big fail on this one.
Voice of OC covers the story.
Following an exchange on Twitter with Voice of OC reporter Nick Gerda this morning, he launched into an investigation of his own. No stranger to CPRA requests, enough sounded fishy about my experience to Nick that he followed up with the university – where he confirmed how poorly business was conducted.
Nick’s story “Who’s Paying For Tonight’s Fracking Symposium?” will give you a thorough view of what has transpired in recent weeks, plus everything is thoroughly documented from the exchange on Twitter, email between me and the university and the ultimate documents provided.
Suspicious philanthropist pays for panelist’s party.
In pure academia style, a reception was held for panelists, noted guests and other dignitaries at the CSUF Alumni House.
Appetites were whetted on mushrooms with andouile sausage, chicken satay with peanut sauce, spring rolls with pesto and jack cheese, southwestern empanadas, asparagus with proscuitto and crostini with tomatoes, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and honey.
CPRA request means tell me everything.
My extended request to know who this mystery philanthropist might be has yet to be answered. There has been enough hinky stuff going on that I’ve asked an attorney to review the facts and let me know if further action is warranted.
This has been messier than your average frackin’ oil well when it needn’t have been. A similar request to the City of Brea was immediately acknowledged and a full response was in hand in four days. Hats off to Cheryl Balz and her staff for playing by the rules now.
The Symposium starts in thirty minutes.
Just enough time to throw a sandwich together, log on to the streaming video site and start taking notes. Odds are that this will be more a hair-splitting, quibbling contest between experts, laced with polysyllabic incomprehensible terminology – and I’ll bet there’s not a glossary in the house.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope the folks who have been waiting to get some honest answers to very serious questions are not disappointed. And, having set up the sequel, I’m off to watch the wizards.