Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 273

Letter from Ronald P. Flynn. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Flynn, Ronald) (Filed on 12/3/2009)

Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al Doc. 273 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document273 Filed12/03/09 Page1 of 2 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DENNIS J. HERRERA City Attorney OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY RONALD P. FLYNN Deputy City Attorney DIRECT DIAL: (415) 554-3901 E-MAIL: ronald.flynn@sfgov.org December 3, 2009 The Honorable Joseph C. Spero Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California 450 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco, California 94102 Re: Perry v. Schwarzenegger, No. 09-2292 VRW Dear Magistrate Judge Spero: I write on behalf of Plaintiff-Intervenor City and County of San Francisco. It has just been brought to this office's attention by the Attorney General's Office that the proposed protective order that was submitted by Plaintiffs and endorsed by Plaintiff-Intervenor [Doc#270] contains an error; the limitation of disclosure of materials to "outside counsel" of record rather than "counsel." As both the Attorney General and Plaintiff-Intervenor are represented by government attorneys, the outside counsel limitation should not apply. As has been made clear, Plaintiff-Intervenor objects to any version of the protective order that would categorically exclude that City Attorneys' Office from access. Paragraph 7.2 (a) related to the disclosure of information marked "CONFIDENTIAL," restricts that information to "outside counsel," rather than "counsel." the Receiving Party's Outside Counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said Counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation and who have signed the "Agreement to Be Bound by Protective Order" that is attached hereto as Exhibit A; Paragraph 7.2 (a) should instead read: the Receiving Party's Counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said Counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation and who have signed the "Agreement to Be Bound by Protective Order" that is attached hereto as Exhibit A; Similarly, Paragraph 7.3, related to the disclosure of information marked "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL ­ ATTORNEYS' EYES ONLY" restricts that information to "outside counsel," rather than "counsel." the Receiving Party's Outside Counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said Counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation and who have signed the "Agreement to Be Bound by Protective Order" that is attached hereto as Exhibit A, provided that it shall not be provided to any Counsel or employee who held an "official position" in any primarily formed ballot committee related to Proposition 8 (see http://calaccess.ss.ca.gov/campaign/measures/detail.aspx?id=1302602&session=20 07) or now holds an official position in a similar committee that is now FOX PLAZA ·1390 MARKET STREET, 7TH FLOOR·SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102-5408 RECEPTION: (415) 554-3800· FACSIMILE: (415) 554-3985 n:\cxlit\li2009\091484\00597010.doc Dockets.Justia.com Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document273 Filed12/03/09 Page2 of 2 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Letter to The Honorable Joseph C. Spero Page 2 December 3, 2009 OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY circulating petitions for a 2010 ballot initiative to repeal Proposition 8. For purposes of this sections 7.3 and 7.5 an "official position" is defined as one which authorizes the holder of said position to contractually bind (either solely or in conjunction with others) the primarily formed ballot committee (or similar committee circulating petitions to place an initiative on the 2010 ballot) with respect to matters relating to communications disseminated by the committee or otherwise to spend funds exceeding $1,000 on behalf of the committee; Paragraph 7.2 (a) should instead read: the Receiving Party's Counsel of record in this action, as well as employees of said Counsel to whom it is reasonably necessary to disclose the information for this litigation and who have signed the "Agreement to Be Bound by Protective Order" that is attached hereto as Exhibit A, provided that it shall not be provided to any Counsel or employee who held an "official position" in any primarily formed ballot committee related to Proposition 8 (see http://calaccess.ss.ca.gov/campaign/measures/detail.aspx?id=1302602&session=20 07) or now holds an official position in a similar committee that is now circulating petitions for a 2010 ballot initiative to repeal Proposition 8. For purposes of this sections 7.3 and 7.5 an "official position" is defined as one which authorizes the holder of said position to contractually bind (either solely or in conjunction with others) the primarily formed ballot committee (or similar committee circulating petitions to place an initiative on the 2010 ballot) with respect to matters relating to communications disseminated by the committee or otherwise to spend funds exceeding $1,000 on behalf of the committee; We respectfully request that the Court enter the revised version which is attached to this letter. I have spoken directly with Counsel for Plaintiff; they join in this request. Very truly yours, DENNIS J. HERRERA City Attorney /s/ RONALD P. FLYNN RONALD P. FLYNN Deputy City Attorney