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(A) If these provisions or any request for information requires the production of proprietary information, the franchisee must produce the information. However, at the time the allegedly proprietary information is submitted, a franchisee may request that specific, identified portions of its response be treated as confidential and withheld from public disclosure. The request must state the reason why the information should be treated as proprietary and the facts that support those reasons. The request for confidentiality will be granted if the city determines that the preponderance of the evidence shows that non-disclosure is consistent with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 522. The city shall place in a public file for inspection any decision that results in information being withheld. If the franchisee requests confidentiality and the request is denied (i) where the franchisee is proposing a rate increase, it may withdraw the proposal, in which case the allegedly proprietary information will be returned to it; or (ii) the franchisee may seek review within five (5) working days of the denial in any appropriate forum. Release of the information will be stayed pending review.
(B) Any interested party may file a request to inspect material withheld as proprietary with the City Manager. The City Manager shall weigh the policy considerations favoring non-disclosure against the reasons cited for permitting inspection in light of the facts of the particular case. It will then promptly notify the requesting entity and the cable franchisee that submitted the information as to the disposition of the request. It may grant, deny, or condition a request. The requesting party or the franchisee may seek review of the decision by filing an appeal with any appropriate forum. Disclosure will be stayed pending resolution of any appeal.
(Ord. 93-44, passed 9-19-93)
Public records, initial request with immediate inspection, see § 27.100
Public records, refusal of unreasonable requests, see § 27.103
Public records protected from disclosure, see § 27.107