By Dora Totoian • Of The News-Register • 

Emails to chamber added to meeting documents, frustrating city councilor

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When a public official sends clearly partisan crap out to entities that regularly do business with the city and have contact with the city council, you might expect that material to be shared by those who expect the people elected to non-partisan positions to actually function in a non-partisan manner.
His stripes are what they are and he wears them loud and proud.
New headline: Newly minted Councilman commits email hiccup the world learned 25 years ago to never do.
Film at 11.


This Millegan family generates a lot of news, yet manages to never actually do anything.


Very funny, although not in a lighthearted way. Chenoweth expected to send an eyes-only email. He feels frustrated. I am crying into my hanky. Transparency is a condition which simply does not exist. That's why so few politicians/officials are considered trustworthy.


Any "document" including an email is a record of communication.
By state law a "public" record is defined as:

"..any writing that contains information relating to the conduct of the publics business, including but not limited to court records, mortgages, and deed records, prepared, owned, used or retained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics."

Court rulings in Oregon have established that documents received by a public entity from a private party, and used or retained by that public entity are public records.

If you send a "private" communication relating to the conduct of the public's business to a public entity, and that public entity uses or retains that communication, you have created a public record.

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