The State CLO & Government Transparency

by Stephen on 01/25/2016

Catfish Bay Campgrounds at Lake Texoma State Park

Catfish Bay Campgrounds at Lake Texoma State Park

The following public records request was mailed to the general counsel for the state Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO).  The last open records request sent to Governor Fallin’s office took nine months to get a response.  They sent one CD containing one  unsearchable file with thousands of e-mails on every subject under the sun.  Few of them had anything to do with Pointe Vista Development.


RE: “CLO v Pointe Vista Development” [CJ-2014-152] – Oklahoma Open Records Request

Under the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Title 51, Sections 24A.1-24A.22, I am requesting any and all records regarding the following:

1) All of your communication about “CLO v Pointe Vista Development” are held in secret, behind closed doors in Executive Session. You claim exemption from the state Open Meetings Act because public disclosure will “seriously harm” your ability to work in “the Public Interest.”

Your secret legal discussions led to an agreement to release Pointe Vista from their development contract, and allow them to keep over 700 federally-protected acres of Lake Texoma State Park. What part of your proposed “Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement” (9/16/2015) did you determine serves the Public Interest?”

2) Please produce records showing the taxpayer’s total investment in “CLO v Pointe Vista” which you declined to prosecute after almost twenty months of delays in the case.

3) Provide all documentation, including communications with CLO general counsel, regarding Pointe Vista’s mortgage loans on former state park land subject to your litigation.

4) Provide all documentation regarding Pointe Vista’s “self-dealing” land sales to their own corporate officers in August, 2014.

5) Provide all documentation you have regarding a possible bankruptcy filing by Pointe Vista Development.

6) When do CLO officials plan to submit the proposed Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement for approval by the Oklahoma County District Court?

7) Provide all documents regarding the official mediators in the “CLO v Pointe Vista” Settlement Agreement. What are their names? When were they approved by the Oklahoma County District Court to pursue mediation?

8) Provide all documents and communications with other state and federal agencies regarding federal laws, (ie. the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), applicable to the protection of Lake Texoma State Park.

Thank you in advance for your timely response!

Stephen L. Willis

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