Published Tuesday, January 22, 2008, by the Marin Independent Journal
Rail agency seeks Novato's records
By Joe Wolfcale
The North Coast Rail Authority has filed a lawsuit against the city
of Novato, seeking public records as part of its court battle over
freight train service.
The lawsuit, filed Jan. 17 in Marin Superior Court, seeks all
correspondence, including letters, notes, e-mails and phone messages
between Novato City Manager Dan Keen and others from Jan. 1 to Dec.
The city last year filed a lawsuit against the rail authority, saying
the agency needed to conduct more environmental studies before
proceeding with plans to extend rail service through the city. A
Marin Superior Court has issued a tentative ruling in favor of
Novato; a final ruling is pending.
Keen said he had told rail officials that he would not be able to
comply with a records request until the second week of January.
He said Tuesday he has prepared the documents on two CDs and City
Attorney Jeffrey Walter is reviewing them. He said the rail agency
should have the material by the end of the week.
"I don't think we've been unreasonable," Keen said. "It was not a
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