Kudos are necessary when the City Council is willing to stand up to the Police Department and the Mayor's office. The Council has subpoenaed police records on behalf of the Citizen Review Board. The CRB absolutely has to have the ability to actually investigate the APD, which means they must have access to records.
I have previously blogged on this subject, and generally speaking the City Council has stood by the CRB. The APD clearly doesn't like the CRB, which in my mind is a reason it is needed.