August 10, 2020

Open records request (updated with replies and more) – also, AJC and “immigrants” Vital Foods

Posted by D.A. King at 12:28 pm - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

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UPDATE # 2 – After sending an open records request to both city of Braselton (where the AJC tells readers Vital Foods plant is located) and to city of Gainesville, which is the address on the Vital Foods website, I received response from both informing me that the business is not located in either place – but in Hall County. So I sent a request directly to Hall County Business License Director Susan Rector. I admit that my request could have been more clear on the fact that I am looking for copies of the required documents for original issue AND annual renewals. I sent this August 17, 2020 10:37PM:

Using the time frame 2011 through and including 2020, please respond to this request with copies of all documents pertaining to the application for business license for Vital Foods LLC, including application, SAVE affidavit, E-Verify affidavit and Secure and Verifiable ID used to prove identity. I understand that ID copies may be partially redacted.

I am willing to pay all lawfully appraised research and or copy fees.

Please respond electronically. Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

D.A. King
Marietta”

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Image: Hall Co. Georgia website.

 

What I received – only copies of documents from 2017 – is posted here. It cost me $21.96. none of the documents Hall Co Business License Dept uses are in compliance with the state law. More on the soon.

 

After reading a news report in the liberal AJC yesterday, I have sent open records requests (around 1;15 PM) to both the city of Braselton and the city of Gainesville asking for a look into Vital Foods poultry processing plant which the AJC says is in Braselton. According to the Vital Foods website, they are located in Gainesville.

Also, in the liberal AJC news piece, they say “many immigrants” cannot get Social Security Numbers. Which is nonsense. I also sent the below letter to the editor with little hope of publication.

Dear editor,

A recent AJC news story focused on Hispanics, ‚Äúimmigrants‚ÄĚ and the Covid pandemic informs readers that some testing labs require Social Security Numbers and that ‚Äúmany immigrants don‚Äôt have them.‚ÄĚ This assertion is another in an endless flow from the liberal media aimed at blurring the lines between immigrants and illegal aliens.

Real immigrants should have no problem obtaining an SSN. ‚ÄúGenerally, only noncitizens authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland¬†Security¬†(DHS)¬†can get Social Security numbers, which¬†are used to report a¬†person’s¬†wages to the government and to determine a¬†person’s¬†eligibility for¬†Social Security¬†benefits‚ÄĚ (SSA).

It is true that illegal aliens working illegally don‚Äôt have their own SSNs, but they do use stolen numbers ‚Äď it‚Äôs called identity theft.

Not for the first time, we offer AJC editors a foolproof method of discerning the difference between immigrants and illegal aliens: Immigrants do not require amnesty.

D.A. KING

MARIETTA

KING IS PRESIDENT OF THE DUSTIN INMAN SOCIETY

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Braselton business license office,

Using the time frame 2011 through and including 2020, please respond to this request with copies of all documents pertaining to the application for business license for Vital Foods LLC, including application, SAVE affidavit, E-Verify affidavit and Secure and Verifiable ID used to prove identity. I understand that ID copies may be partially redacted.

I am willing to pay all lawfully appraised research and or copy fees.

Please respond electronically. Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

D.A. King
Marietta
404-*******
DKing*********
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Gainesville business license office,

Using the time frame 2011 through and including 2020, please respond to this request with copies of all documents pertaining to the application for business license (original, if in this time frame and renewal) for Vital Foods LLC 2069 MemorialPark Dr., Gainesville, GA. 30504 including license application, SAVE affidavit, E-Verify affidavit and Secure and Verifiable ID used to prove identity. I understand that ID copies may be partially redacted.

I am willing to pay all lawfully appraised research and or copy fees.

Please respond electronically. Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

D.A. King
Marietta
404-******
DKing********

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UPDATE:

Reply from Gainesville

Dear Requestor:

 

This letter serves as notice that I have worked with staff on the Open Records Request Number 2020-0507 to obtain a copy of the business license from 2011 through 2020 pertaining to Vital Foods, LLC.  This request to include license application, SAVE affidavit, E-verify affidavit and Secure and Verifiable ID used to prove identity.

The City of Gainesville Administration Department of Finance performed a search and was unable to provide records in response to your request.   As such, there are no records to release.

Staff advised this company is located within the City of Gainesville, as it is located in the county.  You may contact Hall County via email at www.hallcounty.org.

Based upon the information referenced above, this request will be closed with no further action.  You may contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Sheryl Voyles

Records Specialist

City Manager’s Office

+1.770.535.6864

www.gainesville.org

I received a similar note from Braselton. I will post id I have time to find it.

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The below is posted for personal filing purposes only and will not make sense to most readers.

OCGA 50-36-1 VERIFICATION OF LAWFUL PRESENCE requires use of the DOOA standardized verification of lawful presence affidavit: “(2)¬†The state auditor shall create affidavits for use under this subsection and shall keep a current version of such affidavits on the Department of Audits and Accounts’ official website.”¬†
DOOA – Standardized Verification of lawful Presence affidavit¬†here. (Also known as the ‘SAVE affidavit.‚Äô)
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OCGA 36-60-6

Utilization of federal work authorization program; “employee” defined; issuance of license; evidence of state licensure; annual reporting; standardized form affidavit; violation; investigations

Requires issuing agencies to use the standardized affidavit created and posted on the Dept. of Law website:¬†(f)¬†In order to assist private businesses and counties and municipal corporations in complying with the provisions of this Code section, the Attorney General shall provide a standardized form affidavit which shall be used as acceptable evidence demonstrating use of the federal employment eligibility verification system or that the provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section do not apply to the applicant. The form affidavit shall be posted by the Attorney General on the Department of Law’s official website no later than January 1, 2012.¬†
 
Dept. of Law standardized E-Verify affidavit here.
 
 
GMA has apparently changed the law on its own: While a Georgia Office of the Attorney General affidavit exists, the Georgia Municipal Association has created an affidavit that is much easier and relevant to use. You will find this affidavit on page 49 of GMA’s publication Immigration Mandates on Municipalities. Here.
 
Also interesting: “Insurance companies are not required to submit an affidavit for issuing insurance licenses.‚ÄĚ ¬† ¬†(Insurance companies do not issue¬†licenses. and while¬†‚ÄúInsurance¬†license is not listed specifically on the list of public benefits in OCGA 50-36-1,¬†‚Äúoccupational license” and “professional license‚ÄĚ are listed and a¬†license to sell insurance fits either¬†one or both of these descriptions.)