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Monday, September 24, 2007

Re-Elect New City Council Members, YouTube

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Millions-Winnipeg Apts-Agenda 26Sept07

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HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING WITH RESPECT TO THE FINANCING OF A MULTIFAMILY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF WINNIPEG APARTMENTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, CHAPTER 462C, AS AMENDED ____________ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota (the "City") will hold a public hearing on July 18, 2007, on or after 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, in Saint Paul, Minnesota to consider the approval of a housing program (the "Housing Program"), prepared in accordance with the terms of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 462C, as amended (the "Act"). The Housing Program provides for the issuance of one or more series of revenue bonds (the "Bonds") of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota (the "Authority") under the terms of the Act for the benefit of Winnipeg Apartments Limited Partnership, a Minnesota limited partnership (the "Borrower"), to finance (i) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of an approximately 56-unit multifamily residential rental housing development and related improvements, including a commercial space of approximately 6,000 square feet, to be located at 852-886 Rice Street in the City of Saint Paul ( the "Project"); (iii) the funding of one or more reserve funds to secure the timely payment of the Bonds; (iv) the payment of interest on the Bonds; and (v) the payment of the costs of issuing the Bonds. The Project will be owned by the Borrower. Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider the adoption of a resolution approving the Housing Program, granting preliminary approval to the financing of the Project, and granting approval to the issuance of the Bonds by the Authority to finance the costs of the Project, and authorizing the Authority to undertake and carry out the Housing Program. The Bonds are authorized to be issued in the aggregate principal face amount of approximately $7,000,000. The Bonds may be issued in one or more series. Any series of Bonds may be issued as fixed-rate bonds or as variable-rate bonds. The Bonds to be issued by the Authority will constitute special, limited obligations of the Authority payable solely from the revenues expressly pledged to the payment thereof and from any property, instruments, or other asset to be provided as security for payment of the Bonds. The Bonds will not constitute a general or moral obligation of the Authority or of the City, and will not be secured by the taxing powers of the Authority or the City or any assets or property of the Authority or the City, except the interests of the Authority in a loan agreement or other instrument between the Borrower and the Authority pursuant to which the proceeds derived from the sale of the Bonds will be loaned to the Borrower. All persons interested may appear and be heard at the time and place set forth above or may file written comments with the Executive Director of the Authority prior to the date of the hearing set forth above. A draft copy of the Housing Program shall be available for public inspection following the publication of this notice, at the offices of the Authority, during normal business hours. Dated:June 28, 2007 HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA (June 28) ======== ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER ======== 22141312



HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING WITH RESPECT TO THE FINANCING OF A MULTIFAMILY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF WINNIPEG APARTMENTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, CHAPTER 462C, AS AMENDED ____________ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota (the "City") will hold a public hearing on July 18, 2007, on or after 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, in Saint Paul, Minnesota to consider the approval of a housing program (the "Housing Program"), prepared in accordance with the terms of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 462C, as amended (the "Act"). The Housing Program provides for the issuance of one or more series of revenue bonds (the "Bonds") of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota (the "Authority") under the terms of the Act for the benefit of Winnipeg Apartments Limited Partnership, a Minnesota limited partnership (the "Borrower"), to finance (i) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of an approximately 56-unit multifamily residential rental housing development and related improvements, including a commercial space of approximately 6,000 square feet, to be located at 852-886 Rice Street in the City of Saint Paul ( the "Project"); (iii) the funding of one or more reserve funds to secure the timely payment of the Bonds; (iv) the payment of interest on the Bonds; and (v) the payment of the costs of issuing the Bonds. The Project will be owned by the Borrower. Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider the adoption of a resolution approving the Housing Program, granting preliminary approval to the financing of the Project, and granting approval to the issuance of the Bonds by the Authority to finance the costs of the Project, and authorizing the Authority to undertake and carry out the Housing Program. The Bonds are authorized to be issued in the aggregate principal face amount of approximately $7,000,000. The Bonds may be issued in one or more series. Any series of Bonds may be issued as fixed-rate bonds or as variable-rate bonds. The Bonds to be issued by the Authority will constitute special, limited obligations of the Authority payable solely from the revenues expressly pledged to the payment thereof and from any property, instruments, or other asset to be provided as security for payment of the Bonds. The Bonds will not constitute a general or moral obligation of the Authority or of the City, and will not be secured by the taxing powers of the Authority or the City or any assets or property of the Authority or the City, except the interests of the Authority in a loan agreement or other instrument between the Borrower and the Authority pursuant to which the proceeds derived from the sale of the Bonds will be loaned to the Borrower. All persons interested may appear and be heard at the time and place set forth above or may file written comments with the Executive Director of the Authority prior to the date of the hearing set forth above. A draft copy of the Housing Program shall be available for public inspection following the publication of this notice, at the offices of the Authority, during normal business hours. Dated:June 28, 2007 HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA (June 28) ======== ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER ======== 22141312



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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Click here: Sharon4Council Government Contracts Iraq and City of St. Paul
LEGAL NOTICE OF CRIMINAL ELECTION IRREGULARITY
CITY OF ST.PAUL,Sharon Anderson Vote-Mpls Complaint under construction-hereinafter
Constructive Notice of the City of St. Paul's RICO having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud, and for obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, unlawfully, willfully, and knowlingly would and did cause xxxxxxxx Title 18 USCs1341
COUNT I Mail and Wire Fraud COUNT 11 CityAgend26Sept07, Ratification of Fees based on Theft,Trespass and Treason
COUNT III Taxaction without Representation Excessive
COUNT IV Voting Rights Act-Character Assinations to influence elections.
FURTHER AFFIANTS SAYETH NOT Judicial ReformS85/HF1261.0.pdf AT THIS TIME:
  • Candidate Profile FCC Complaints - Google Search Times v. Sullvian Libel with malice - Google Search BlogItBabe2007
    Candidate profile Sharon4Anderson's Legal BlogBriefs Sharon4Anderson St.Paul City Council Ward2 SA-Blogs2007
    LEGAL NOTICE: /s/Sharon4Anderson@aol.com ECF_P165913Pacersa1299 telfx: 651-776-5835: Document's are based on SEC filings, current events, interviews, press releases, and knowledge gained as financial journalists, Private Attorney Generals, Candidates for Public Office documents expressly forbids its writers from having financial interests in securities they recommend to readers, affiliated entities, employees, and agents an initial trade recommendation published on the Internet, after a direct mail publication is sent, before acting on that recommendations, and may contain errors. Investment decisions should not be based solely on theseSHARON-MN-ECF: Judges-Greylord-Libby-Guilty LUFSKY Scap129FAnokaP2697(1976) Cpl James R. Anderson USMC 11022885 Bio for Sharon Anderson , TAKING DL_AOL Journal Legal Eagle SharonAnderson 1 Journalism Ethics Blogger: 1986 Petition Jane Duchene MN Bull SharonScarrellaAndersonUSBriefs - Buzznet Sharon'sFedCases1973to2006_13pdf Anderson + Advocates www.sharonanderson.org www.sharon4anderson.org
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    Friday, September 21, 2007

    Sharon Anderson-Whistleblower

    UPDATE

    Dear Sharon:

    Earlier this week I emailed you about this Friday's Senate hearing, where whistleblowers such as Bunnatine Greenhouse will be testifying about abuses by government contractors in Iraq. I also asked you to attend the hearing and/or to contact C-Span to request that they cover it, so that the entire country can hear about how defense contractors are bilking U.S. taxpayers and retaliating against honest employees.

    If you have already taken action on this issue, THANK YOU. If not, it's not too late, so click here.

    Yesterday, we were informed that the hearing, which is scheduled for 10:30AM in the Dirksen Senate Building, room 226, will now have two panels. The first panel will consist of witnesses testifying about the Blackwater security contracts, and our panel, focusing on Iraq Whistleblowers, will be the second. If you plan to attend, and would only like to hear the whistleblower panel, you should show up around 11:00.

    If you would like a sneak peek at tomorrow's testimony, here you go!

    Testimony of Bunnatine Greenhouse

    Testimony of Stephen M. Kohn, NWC President

    Thanks for your support!

    Marshall D. Chriswell
    Public Affairs Director
    National Whistleblower Center
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    Friday, September 14, 2007

    Sharons Humble Thank U-Now lets get to Work

    Candidate Profile Fri. 14Sept07
    VA WIDOW-WHISTLEBLOWER
    SHARON ANDERSON
    HUMBLE THANK U
    NOW LETS GET TO WORK: CITY-COP CORRUPTION
    JUDICIAL REFORM-GRAND JURYS
    Apology if in duplicateglitter: Serious http://sharons-votingrights.blogspot.com/
    must be addressed
    Please forward,circulate,call your representative for Judicial Reform
    City Council for Taxaction without Representation
    Subj:Citizenery-MNCourts-LEGAL NOTICE DEMAND GRAND JURY
    Date:9/13/2007 2:27:21 P.M. Central Daylight Time
    From:Sharon4Anderson
    To:rca@co.ramsey.mn.us, kathylantry@comcast.net, scoop@pioneerpress.com
    CC:Sharon4Anderson
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    Citizenery-MNCourts To the above named:
    Kathy Lantry St. Paul (7)City Council Pres.
    Ramsey Co. Attorney Susan Gaertner and 2nd Judicial Larry Dease
    Acting Auditor Pat Oconnor- Elections/Tax Supervisor, City Attorney
    Gerald Henderickson, John Choi et al

    Please take legal notice the undersign's are contesting the
    recent Election re: Corrupt Practices Act.
    glitter 1. Sharon is also giving Notice to the City Attorneys, again 19Sept07 File #J0703E Assess #8365 ParID 32-29-22-41-0053 amt. $70.00, NOTICE OF APPEARANCE BY E-COMMERCE, PHONE LINE HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH?
    Budget Co
    Budget Committee September 19, 2007 - 09:00 AM Agenda
    City Council MeetingSeptember 19, 2007 - 03:30 PM Agenda
    mmittee
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    a. Please decend to particulars, itemize bill of costs, consolidate
    all these Ratification of Assessments, based on the Theft of Car,Personal Property,Trespass, driving over gas lines, runing back yard,fence,driveway,and Treason, denying Sharon and others State Law's.

    2. Civil Rights Questions: Has the citizenery been under such bias
    stress, undue political influence to gerrymander elections, because WE support HF1261? hereinafter Judicial Reform?

    3. No Statute of Limitation on Fraud or Murder

    4. Sharon has been suspended from E Dem for 3 years apparantly
    as the Truth that Lantry was Stalking Sharon on the 19Apr07 , conspiracy to commit Murder, as the previous year http://www.sharonanderson.org/ the City illegally shut off Sharons basic necessity of Life her WATER, cops stalking Sharon triggering broken ankle, Sharon campaigned for State AG from her Wheel Chair, forensic evidence on file,Car Stolen 24Apr07, Trailer Stolen 16May07,

    5. Murder of Sharons husband 21Sept00 7 years, unabated by
    Grand Jurys or Judges http://www.cpljimanderson.blogspot.com/ All posts in [SPIF] Suspension Sharon Anderson (3) years bySPED Executive Comm
    FURTHER AFFIANTS SAYETH NOT AT THIS TIME:
    Grand Jury Demand, Punatitive, Compensatory, Tort
    Damages over 500,000.00/ 1/2 mill for each and every occurrence
    7.5% interest, daily, $240 pr hour Attorney Fees

    In the Interest of Justice We remain
    BlogItBabe2007
    Candidate profile Sharon4Anderson's Legal BlogBriefs Sharon4Anderson St.Paul City Council Ward2 SA-Blogs2007
    LEGAL NOTICE: /s/Sharon4Anderson@aol.com ECF_P165913Pacersa1299 telfx: 651-776-5835: Document's are based on SEC filings, current events, interviews, press releases, and knowledge gained as financial journalists, Private Attorney Generals, Candidates for Public Office documents expressly forbids its writers from having financial interests in securities they recommend to readers, affiliated entities, employees, and agents an initial trade recommendation published on the Internet, after a direct mail publication is sent, before acting on that recommendations, and may contain errors. Investment decisions should not be based solely on theseSHARON-MN-ECF: Judges-Greylord-Libby-Guilty LUFSKY Scap129FAnokaP2697(1976) Cpl James R. Anderson USMC 11022885 Bio for Sharon Anderson , TAKING DL_AOL Journal Legal Eagle SharonAnderson 1 Journalism Ethics Blogger:
    1986 Petition Jane Duchene MN Bull SharonScarrellaAndersonUSBriefs - Buzznet Sharon'sFedCases1973to2006_13pdf Anderson + Advocates http://www.sharonanderson.org/ http://www.sharon4anderson.org/
    family /s/ Bill Dahn tel: 651-453-1992 PO Box 7417 ECF#P1291866 Ojb-Sioux#408B19111http://www.billdahn.com/ http://www.billdahn.blogspot.com/ Bill Dahn, Homestead Rip Off
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    Sunday, September 9, 2007

    VOTE TUES 9/11/07-Sharon Anderson


    Sharon is voting via E Commerce Blog: Fax and pdf .Published

    OFFICIAL BALLOT CITY ELECTION BALLOT

    Judge__________ SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA

    Judge__________ SEPTEMBER 11, 2007

    INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS

    To vote, completely fill in the oval(s) next to your choice(s) like this:

    CITY OFFICES

    COUNCIL MEMBER

    WARD 2

    VOTE FOR ONE

    ** SHARON ANDERSON

    BILL HOSKO

    BILL DAHN

    DAVE THUNE

    FRAN ZAMB

    http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/elections/docs/results/2007/primaryballots/Saint%20Paul%202-1.pdf * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Please take legal notice, in conformance with Electronic Voting,Fax pat.oconnor@co.ramsey.mn.us Auditor 651-2177 Sun9Sept07: 3:30pm,

    Sharon Anderson 651-776-5835 Legal Domicile 1058 Summit/PO Box 4384 St. Paul,MN.55104-0384 Sharon4Anderson@aol.com

    Further be apprised that Ward 2 must have Election Contest, with Jurisdiction/Authority of the Grand Jury re: 1991

    http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-issues/files/f/797-2007-02-27T034339Z/GrandJuryPet10Dec04_25.pdf

    Humble Sincere Mpls Voters Guide Thanks Sue Hylard

    Candidate Profile
    Published Friday, September 07 08:30:15 AM
    Name:Sharon Anderson

    Other candidates in this race:

    Office:St. Paul Ward 2 City Council member
    Incumbent:No
    City of residence:St. Paul
    Website:http://sharon4council.blogspot.com/
    Background:VA widow-whistleblower, St. Paul Central graduate; 1994 Independent-Republican nominee for attorney general; attorney pro se, attorney in fact; real estate entrepreneur; senior activist, Salvation Army, City Passport, Eagles; aka BlogginBabe; legal forensic analyst; implementing e-voting, e-commerce; ECF P165913; Pacer sa1299; federal cases Heritage Peterson, Mora, Minn.; Chergosky-Minneapolis; 609 Ontario, aka Rodney McDonald Home
    Endorsements:Not seeking endorsements.
    Most important issue:Article III Minnesota Constitution separation of powers. Advocate high standards, ethics, morality, health care, eminent domain, just compensation regarding 1,217 vacant buildings. Sharon?s fiduciary accountability, expose criminal violations of STAR monies to developers, ratification of assessments based on theft, trespass, treason, Fourth & Fifth search & seizure against the homeowners. At-large council IRV, eliminate hearing officer, abolish DSI, gross violations of Title 18 USC1961 (RICO) stealing cars, police impound lot, bring back integrity, public trust, fiduciary accountability. Sharons compact will grant due process entire records of ordinances, 42 city attorneys making 4,000 monthly, lawsuits must be published on council website for public scrutiny, Amicus Curie. http://www.stpaulpolice-rico.blogspot.com/ E-mail: Sharon4Anderson@aol.com




    Thursday, September 6, 2007

    Historic St.Paul-Guilt by Silence-Shredding Records

    E Commerce statement Candidate Sharon Anderson aka Peterson-Scarrella to tim nelson,to partake in web voters guide.
    Essay: Enforce Art.III Mn Constitution separation of Powers
    expose case fixing: http://cityattorneys-copcorruption.blogspot.com/ , 42 city attorneys, advising "illegally, unconstitutionally",apparant city council anti-trust, illegal ratification of assessment based on
    Theft,Trespass,Treason, triggering Fraud and Murder
    specifically in John Finley C2-97-1370 former Grand jury Indictments,
    90 % Cops apparantly do not live in City of St. Paul, Shakedown ofJLT Group, Inc. Investment and Development
    private landowners ie:
    Issues: 1. Cop and City Attorney Corruption
    2. Conspiracy of involuntary conversion, establishing RICO "Pattern" by false entrys: ie: resolutions-ordinances
    3. Corrupt Practices Act-Voting Rights Act,
    4. Deliberate,serious and material violations of MN Elections Laws
    a. POlice Endorsements without screening all Candidates
    5. Obstruction of Justice-Conspiracy to committ Murder by terroristic
    Submitted in Good Faith to http://www.twincities.com/ to partake in Candidates
    Ward 2 Published Election web voter guide, http://sharons-election2007.blogspot.com/ PS Sharon will vote pdf format
    at 5:25pm today 5Sept07, call to tnelson at 651-292-1159 the recorded tel: must serve as the taped conversation with the humble reguest that the www.twincities.com reopen their request for St. Paul Police Impound Records, specifically on theInformation Policy Analysis Division Web Site agenda today 5Sept07 Item 60 to bear in mind Aaron Foster is the 830 Bargemanager of the Impound Lot re: Barb Winn Murder

    Candidate Sharon Anderson charges the city of stpaul US v Cruikshank,92US542(1875)with Terroristic

    Threats mandating Grand Jury, against her and body guard http://maddy-me.blogspot.com/

    Humble plea to Hometown paper http://www.twincities.com/ to reopen the registered owner Title 18USC 2721 http://stpaulpolice-rico.blogspot.com/ for data base of Item 60 5Sept07 AGenda of all towed cars from Mar & Apr07, defendants, Magner,Kessler,Moermond? terrorizing citizenery. SPSO-Contract07
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    This is an opinion of the Commissioner of Administration, hereinafter "Commissioner," issued pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13.072 (2001). It is based on the facts and information available to the Commissioner as described below. All public data the Commissioner relied upon to issue this opinion are available for public inspection and copying at the offices of the Information Policy Analysis Division, unless the data have been disposed of in compliance with the state Records Management Act.








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    Facts and Procedural History:

    On December 21, 2001, IPA received a letter from Jeffrey Kummer, Projects Editor for the Pioneer Press. In his letter, Mr. Kummer asked the Commissioner to issue an opinion regarding the fee the St. Paul Police Department charges for copies of a database of all vehicles towed to the St. Paul Police impound lot from 1996 through March 2001. On January 8, 2002, after consultation with IPA staff, the issue statement was agreed upon. The Commissioner notes that both Mr. Kummer and Chuck Laszewski of the Pioneer Press have been involved in requesting data from the City.

    IPA, on behalf of the Commissioner, wrote to William Finney, Chief of the City's Police Department, in response to Mr. Kummer's request. The purposes of this letter, dated January 8, 2002, were to inform him of Mr. Kummer's request and to ask him to provide information or support for the City's position. On January 18, 2002, IPA received a response, dated same, from Reyne Rofuth, Assistant St. Paul City Attorney.


    A summary of the facts is as follows. In a letter dated May 22, 2001, Mr. Laszewski wrote to the City requesting access to the database containing information about cars towed to the City's impound lot during St. Paul snow emergencies from 1996 through March 2001.


    On September 17, 2001, Michael Jordan, the Police Department's Public Information Coordinator, wrote to Mr. Laszewski. Mr. Jordan wrote:



    ...I now understand you want the data base to include data for all cars towed [from 1996 through March 2001]. You specifically requested data on [sic] car's make, model, license number, tow date, tow location, vehicle identification number and registered owner plus any other information logged in.

    You indicated you could take the data in any number of formats, including DBF files and could take it on floppy disks. We can provide the public data explained below in a D-Based format on floppy disks.

    ...You have also indicated in one of those phone conversations you do not need the narrative data.

    The Department can provide you with all the requested data and the data from the four field screens except data identifying the registered owner, which would include the name and address of the registered owner. The non-registered owner data is public data. It is the position of the Saint Paul Police Department that registered owner data is not public data pursuant to Title 18 USC (United States Code)2721.


    Mr. Jordan then cited Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3, and stated that the cost for a copy of the database would be $500 plus an additional $100 commercial value add-on fee.


    Mr. Laszewski and Mr. Jordan exchanged additional communications, and Mr. Kummer then requested an opinion.




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    Issue:
    In his request for an opinion, Mr. Kummer asked the Commissioner to address the following issue:







    Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3, clauses (c) and (d), has the City of St. Paul sufficiently justified its charge of $600 for a copy of public data in the database for vehicles towed to the City's impound lot from 1996 through March 2001?





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    Discussion:
    When an individual requests copies of data of which s/he is not the subject, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3(c), the government entity may charge the "actual costs of searching for and retrieving government data, including the cost of employee time, and for making, certifying, compiling, and electronically transmitting the copies." In addition, Minnesota Rules Part 1205.0300, subpart 3, provides that an entity, in determining a fee, shall be guided by the cost of materials, cost of labor, any schedule of standard copying charges, any special costs, and mailing costs.


    In the case of this opinion, the City has asserted that because the database has commercial value, the City may charge a commercial value add-on fee. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3(d):



    When a request under this subdivision involves any person's receipt of copies of public government data that has commercial value and is a substantial and discrete portion of or an entire formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, process, database, or system developed with a significant expenditure of public funds by the agency, the responsible authority may charge a reasonable fee for the information in addition to the costs of making, certifying, and compiling the copies. Any fee charged must be clearly demonstrated by the agency to relate to the actual development costs of the information. The responsible authority, upon request of any person, shall provide sufficient documentation to explain and justify the fee being charged.

    The City's position is that the actual cost of copying the database is $500 and that the commercial value add-on fee is $100.


    First, the Commissioner will address whether the City's $500 charge for a copy of the database is allowable. As stated above, pursuant to section 13.03, subdivision 3(c), the City may charge the "actual costs of searching for and retrieving government data, including the cost of employee time, and for making, certifying, compiling, and electronically transmitting the copies."


    Section 13.03, subdivision 3(e), specifically discusses data contained in a computer storage medium:



    The responsible authority of [a government entity] that maintains public government data in a computer storage medium shall provide to any person making a request under this section a copy of any public data contained in that medium, in electronic form, if the government entity can reasonably make the copy or have a copy made. This does not require a government entity to provide the data in an electronic format or program that is different from the format or program in which the data are maintained by the government entity. The entity may require the requesting person to pay the actual cost of providing the copy.

    On May 22, 2001, Mr. Laszewski indicated he could take the data in any number of formats, including "fixed-width or delimited text files, Microsoft Access files

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