I think Rep. Emma Acosta is looking out for the taxpayer with this item. It's no secret at the city that at least one member of city council spends most of her staff's time filing open records requests on other members of council and conducting investigations into political foes. Acosta doesn't think this is a wise use of taxpayer dollars. And she's right.
It was the open records request on ballpark emails that really started this avalanche of requests. Tons of emails were obtained and exactly two of them contained anything approaching interesting. Then city manager referred to Rep. Ann Lilly as senile and somehow Rep. Carl Robinson took personal offense to it. I forget what the other big smoking gun was... whatever it was, it wasn't a big deal.
I became a part of the problem shortly after that by asking for a ton of emails myself. The stuff I got was actually pretty damn... well damning. Martian Paredes then started filing ORRs as fast as he could hoping to "connect the dots." He did nothing but scatter the dots all over the place. Others started doing the same - requesting emails, not scattering dots.
The city soon became a place of digital silence. Nobody put anything in an email. Far from having the effect of creating a transparent government, the ORR avalanche drove conversations about city government underground. City councilors and staff now prefer to communicate in person so as not to create a record that can be obtained by a jerk like me and turned into a bat for which they will be beaten with.
For bloggers and the media the ORR blitz was okay - we're political scum whose only goal is to support or destroy our favorite politician's career. Unfortunately, at least one member of council thinks she's a blogger... or some kind of political police officer. She overloads the ORR staff with requests so she can play politics inside the city's legislative chamber. This is runs against the mission of the chamber - legislative work. When you introduce straight politics into the legislative process, you get nowhere. Using city staff's time to create your political points to be made during the legislative process is even more egregious.
I think Rep. Acosta's mission here is to make the game of playing politics using city staff's time sting the a little bit. People will stop doing a lot of things they usually do when a new cost is introduced. Let's hope this is the case here.