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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lloydletta's Nooz Has Freedom of Information Act Request for Hennepin County

From: Eva Young
To: Sandy Vargas, County Administrator
CC: Linda Koblick, Penny Steele, Mike Opat, Dan Kenney (Chief of Staff to Mike Opat)

Date: Feb 15, 2006
Subject: Public Records Request

Dear Ms Vargas:

Commissioner Koblick suggested I send this request to you. A few days, I sent an email to Dan Kenney, in Mike Opat's office requesting this information. I have received no response. I have also sent you a fax with a similar request for information.

How much is the county spending on lobbying for the stadium - in 2005, and what is budgeted for 2006? Also, what percentage of staff time in Commissioner Opat's office, both by commissioner Opat, and his staff member Dan Kenney, as well as other county commissioner staff, is being spent on the stadium issue? How long has Dan Kenney and Mike Opat been spending this amount of time on the stadium issue? It seems like this should be public information someplace - how can I get my
hands on this information?

Is there any problem with putting some language into the twins stadium proposal that would preclude County Commissioners who vote in favor of the stadium from later benefiting from getting on the stadium commission?

Please respond by March 15, 2006. If this information isn't available, please explain the problems are with providing the information.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Eva Young

Lloydletta's Nooz

Commissioner Koblick suggested that I make this more formal. I had sent a simlar request for information to Dan Kenney, Mike Opat's assistant a few days ago.