Update: Click here to read the letter from the city.
Last week, we sent a public records request asking for a tape of the closed-door meeting the Assembly held Jan. 12, regarding the city’s new “branding” effort.
The brand is expected to be revealed later this month, but the Assembly got a preview when it went into executive session.
Word from the Municipal Clerk’s office came Friday: “In regards to the portion of your letter requesting an audiotape of the Assembly work session held in executive session, this request is denied.”
The letter from the city explains that the Assembly’s discussion of the brand could be secret because state and city rules allow the group to close its doors to talk about “matters that if disclosed would adversely affect the finances of the municipality.”
That was also the reason that Assembly Chair Dan Sullivan gave on the day of the meeting - that the brand is vulnerable intellectual property.
Anchorage Economic Develoment Corporation chief Bob Poe said the brand is in the process of being trademarked ...