Mayor Steve Bach says a “tsunami” of open-records requests from The Gazette and the Independent prompted his directive to release open-records requests filed by one news organization to every news outlet in town.
Bach said his directive was not meant to be punitive.
“There’s no intent to penalize anybody,” the mayor said.
“I think it’s an open and transparent approach to making sure that the broadest spectrum of our citizens receive information, and I stand by that,” he said.
Here’s more video from today’s press conference: