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As investigators aim to complete their probe of suspended UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi by Aug. 1, the university has again postponed releasing public documents sought by The Sacramento Bee.
UC Davis officials had said on May 11 that most documents sought by the newspaper under the California Public Records Act – some originally requested in early March – would be produced by June 1 at the latest.
The university backtracked on that this week, saying in an email notification that the latest date officials now believe the documents can be released is July 20.
“We apologize, but due to ongoing collection and review, coupled with the request load and staffing constraints, the new estimated date of production for all outstanding requests is on or before July 20, 2016,” UC Davis legal analyst Michele McCuen wrote in an email Wednesday afternoon.
UC Davis spokeswoman Dana Topousis did not return calls for comment.
Public records advocates question how the university can justify withholding all the documents requested, especially when some appear to be readily accessible. They note that the Public Records Act does not contain any provision allowing for records to be withheld simply because an investigation is underway...