Monthly Archives: February 2010

Making it public, part II

After spending some time with a new Web site focused on Harrisburg’s city hall spending I decided to give the comptroller a call. “The reason I did it was because I believe in transparency,” said the newly elected Dan Miller, … Continue reading

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Making it public

The Harrisburg comptroller and mayor have been at war lately. Today, the comptroller unleashed a pretty cool site that’s loaded with tons of city financial information. It includes a roster of all employees and what they make. One of the … Continue reading

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A hero story you probably wouldn’t hear in Pa.

Here’s a story of heroism — on the part of a 5-year-old girl and the 911 dispatcher — that you’d likely never hear in York County (or Pennsylvania), even though similar situations have undoubtedly occurred here.  911 calls are exempted … Continue reading

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It took the agency 3 years to respond. And now it asks …

I FOIA’d a federal agency for information three years ago. I just got an e-mail that said: “We are writing to ask if you still want us to continue processing your request, and if you are willing to accept a … Continue reading

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Running up the tab while denying public records

A woman asked for some e-mails sent by Everett, Wash. city officials. The city fought the request, fought and fought. Five years later, the city released the e-mails. It also has to pay the woman’s legal fees and penalties for … Continue reading

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Freedom of information fund makes first grant awards

The Knight FOI Fund, which is making $2 million available over three years to help state open-records advocacy groups, has made its first awards: $6,000 to Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government and Citizens for Sunshine, two Florida groups, to help … Continue reading

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When business and public records come together

A while back I blogged about how municipalities keep their meeting minutes and how at least one decided that the best way to respond to residents who wanted to know more about how their government worked was to limit the … Continue reading

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Scraping the Web for crime

Last night I stumbled upon a Web site that’s scraping data from the city’s online police blotter. It’s using the information to make a map of the city. It’s interesting, but a bit misleading. From the looks of the map, … Continue reading

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Forget snow. Sunshine Week is coming

Sunshine Week, an annual national effort to get people talking about the importance of open records and freedom of information, kicks off March 14. (We blogged about its activities last year and ran some cool stuff on it here, as … Continue reading

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Pa. appeals court decision boosts new RTK law

A Commonwealth Court ruling that prevents a state agency from using an exemption as a blanket denial for a right-to-know request — instead of deciding whether some information could be released — upholds a concept of the state’s new right-to-know … Continue reading

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