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The airport authority just called with an explanation about why our public records request wasn’t fully filled.

Authority spokeswoman Diana Lucero said the authority clerk’s office contacted the authority’s accounting department to obtain the invoices we had requested. The clerk, Lucero said, did not know that the authority’s marketing and communications department had received the invoices to review them before paying them.

“That was an honest mistake,” Lucero said.

Lucero said it is common to get the invoices and check their accuracy. They sometimes change, she said.

“We really don’t want to be sending out unaudited, unverified invoices,” she said.

When asked whether the California Public Records Act allows those invoices to be exempted from disclosure for any length of time, Lucero said: “I’m not one to argue for that.”

ROB DAVIS

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