A couple of themes have emerged in the comments and further discussions:
1. The city has the right, and perhaps the obligation, under state law to waive the fees for releasing information that's in the public interest.
2. I've been waiting, but no one from the city has responded to our story. It's a little surprising that not one City Council member is upset enough by the former mayor's efforts to circumvent the council to take up this cause. Then again, it's a risky stance that could make things very lonely for an elected official.
3. A number of people are opposed to releasing the information. Their argument is to leave the past in the past.
4. A number of people are in favor of releasing the information. Some have offered to donate money and make a campaign around this issue. Let's pursue a different course, especially in these tough economic times.
5. We will pursue release of the emails at no expense in the public's interest. If anyone would like to lend support, or advice, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org