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Folks, this story is interesting on several fronts as they relate to public records requests.
Mr. Honig as a council member is now publicly complaining of public records requests by another council member. WOW! [under the definition that compilation of data is outside the scope]
"Petricca was asking for much more than public records, Honig said, looking instead for staff to produce compilation and analysis of materials."
Wow! I guess Mr. Honig was absent when Mr. Magel was asking city (i.e. past financial director)to provide Powerpoint presentations on a host of issues to combat comments being made by citizens last year, especially those related to debt. Or is that NOT a public records request but rather simply a request by past Council chairman to direct staff. Oh yeah, he first asked the city manager, but in essence it was just a formality.
Folks, PAY ATTENTION!!
Note: At the last MIPO meeting of which Mr. Honig references in his attack regarding Mr. Petricca, there was a remark made by Mr. McMullen as to his request for public request for information regarding the Smokehouse Bridge project, denied by Ms. Litzan, City Clerk, on the grounds it would jeopardize homeland security. Interestingl, Mr. McMullan was able to obtain the same information requested from the city through the DOD.
Folks, this public records request stuff is getting interesting to say the least, from denials based on copyright infringement as in the case with Ms. Dayton in her request for drawings and documentation of city records pertaining specifically to her home, to homeland security as indicated above with Smokehouse bridge.
So the breadth of denial is wide and deep and I can only say, "WHY?"
Well, the responsibility lies with the City Clerk (Ms. Litzan) the gatekeeper of records, and quite frankly, I find such denials as bizarre. Or should we adopt Mr. Honig's perspective, the city staff is under "constant berating" with requests for information.
I believe Mr. Honig has lost focus (which is quite remarkable given his experience as a CEO) to waste public time to raisee an issue that was a comment made to members pf MIPO to assist in getting a glimpse of the mindset of the four newly elected council members.
Reminder: (especially to Mr. Honig) focus your attention on policy matters that effect the folks. This petty stuff is a distraction and council is to represent the residents of this island NOT city employees who may vote and live in anther community. If Mr. Honig is concerned about city employee treatment perhaps he can recommend SEIU to represent them. I voted for council members to represent me!
OH MY GOD What am I suggesting? SEIU?
Time for self medication, or a trip to the local watering hole for advice.
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