August 16, 2010

UIPA follies

Filed under: General,Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 6:33 pm

A few fun observations I made while working tonight to catalog more records:

Rule 1. If you’re going to redact an email address, then try to use a marker that is truly opaque. Especially true if this redaction is intended to obscure the Governor’s personal email address. Ooops!

Rule 2. If you’re going to redact information from a letterhead and/or a signature block, such redaction is more effective if the same information is not disclosed in another part of the same record.

Rule 3. Printing emails on the back side of other documents to conserve paper within the office is all well and good, but … printing those emails on the back of a random crackpot right-wing conspiracy theory and then making double-sided copies in response to a record request is poor form.


  1. That is too funny.

    I’m gonna start calling this site Poina-leaks.

    Comment by damon — August 17, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  2. Please let me know when you have the comments & analyses for Act 20 – Special Session 2009. The veto may have been over-ridden, but the impact of withholding the funds has pretty much the same impact.

    Do you have your e-mail address stashed away here on the site? If not, how does one reach you outside the blog?

    Comment by Capitol -ist/WassupDoc — August 18, 2010 @ 6:46 am

  3. @C/WD I only have one public comment for SB 266. It is #832. I have already been through the Act 20 records, so unless something is collated out of order, that single document is all there will be.

    Did you send the governor something regarding that bill while her veto/approval decision was pending? That would be interesting, especially if you are not Robert Harris of the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter (i.e. the sender of doc #832)…

    And, no, my email address is not posted anywhere on the blog.

    Comment by Doug — August 18, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  4. I called a total of seven times between the day after the Legislature closed and the day before the veto was announced to request a meeting with Linda Smith, Laura Thielen & Brennan Morioka – and if I were very lucky – DaGov herself. The purpose was to briefly discuss similar concerns raised in Robert’s letter plus two more that I felt addressed specific ecological issues in Hawai`i. I’d put together a seven-minute video which I suppose I could have attached with an e-mail, but that’s not the same thing as looking folks straight in the eye.

    My request for a meeting was never granted.

    Comment by Capitol -ist/WassupDoc — August 18, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

  5. @C/WD All of that effort left no paper trail, too bad for you… Lesson learned.

    Comment by Doug — August 19, 2010 @ 4:18 am

  6. One reason I don’t put a lot of stuff in writing is that my time at a computer is pretty much limited to between the hours of midnight & 6 am. With an average of 20 e-mails a day to answer plus papers & (real) correspondence to kick out, I have to divvy up my time between those activities which can be conducted by phone and those which require something in writing. I still would have to follow up the request with a phone call.

    She’ll be gone in about 108 days so I won’t have to try to deal with her again.

    Comment by Capitol -ist/WassupDoc — August 19, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

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