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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

But a legal technicality protects Los Angeles from producing a large portion of the 86 documents at question to those seeking transfer of the L.A./Ontario International Airport to local control.

During Wednesday’s court proceedings, Trask ruled that Los Angeles does not have to produce any of the documents which it claims are attorney-client privilege.

She sided with Los Angeles’ motion to protect the documents based on what Trask referred to as “boiler plate objections” filed in October 2013. The blanket objections were first filed and raised when both cities began the process to request documents in 2013 and legally allows L.A. to ask the courts to protect the documents.

“I don’t believe there is a waiver of either the attorney-client privilege or privacy,” Trask said.

In December, Trask ordered Los Angeles to hand over 2,000 documents related to the case. Attorneys for Los Angeles have withheld the documents, claiming they should fall under attorney-client privilege, and petitioned the 4th District Court of Appeal to reverse the ruling by Trask.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Los Angeles could have a new hearing regarding its new attorney-client privilege claims.

Los Angeles is required to produce a new information log of the documents identifying which privileges would apply, and Trask will determine if any should be released.

“If the privilege log is properly produced and submitted, then (Los Angeles) won’t have to produce those documents,” said Ontario’s attorney Andre Cronthall.

Los Angeles has to produce the privilege log, as well as former LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey’s evaluations dating back to 2007, in 10 days.

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