You made a request under the California Public Records Act (the Act) for “Any existing organizational charts for every division, unit, section, and other subdivision within the Department.”
In response to your request, the Department has provided the following responsive records to you:
(1) Professional Standards Bureau organizational chart for deployment period 10, 2019
(2) Legal Affairs Division for DP-1 2018
(3) SWAT/CNT Team Configuration
(4) Department organizational chart dated July 18, 2018
(5) Training Division organizational chart for DP 8 - 2019
(6) Labor Relations Unit organizational chart for DP 4 – 2019
(7) Department organizational chart current as of September 1, 2019
To the extent your request seeks organizational charts for any subdivisions of the Department that conduct sensitive law enforcement activities, the Department also asserts the exemption under Government Code Section 6254(k) because those records contain official information. Section 6254(k) exempts records that are exempt from disclosure under federal or state law, including but not limited to provisions of the Evidence Code relating to privilege. Evidence Code Section 1040 provides an official information privilege for information acquired in confidence by a public agency when the public interest in disclosing the information is outweighed by the public interest in keeping the information confidential. Similarly, the Department asserts the 6255 exemption based on this same need to retain confidentiality of the records.
As you can see from the Department’s most current organizational chart, the Department is comprised of numerous Offices, Bureaus, Groups, Areas, Divisions, Sections, and Units which are located throughout the City of Los Angeles. Therefore, it would be unduly burdensome for Department staff to conduct a reasonable search to locate all of the records responsive to your request. Government Code Section 6255 provides an exemption when “on the facts of a particular case the public interest served by not disclosing the record clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the record.” The courts have interpreted Section 6255 to include the administrative burden and cost to the agency as a compelling public interest in nondisclosure. Therefore, the Department asserts the 6255 exemption and denies your request.