That’s the number of digital photos I’ve taken and saved in the past 12 months. That’s how many images are in my current Lightroom catalog, which dates back about a year. Actually, the real number of photos taken is higher, since some get deleted without being archived. But 13,781 will do.
Yesterday I selected my favorite Kaaawa photos taken during the month of April, when the seasons are changing from wet to dry, from cool to hot, etc. Just click on this photo to see the full April gallery.
One of the last emails I received in my legislative account as the session was ending announced the somewhat belated completion of the House staff directory, with photos of staff in each office. According to this message from the office of Vice Speaker Michael Magaoay, each office will be receiving just two copies, one for the representative and one for general office use.
Then the email goes on:
On another note please be aware that this is a STATE IN-HOUSE DOCUMENT which means it is not to be Xeroxed for the “GENERAL PUBLIC”. If you think about it do we really want the “GENERAL PUBLIC” to have all of the staff workers photos, names and for whom they work. So please be aware that this directory is for in-house use only. [emphasis in the original]
What? Apparently they didn’t think about the law requiring most government records to be available to the GENERAL PUBLIC for inspection and copying. If you think about it, it’s the law.
A quick check of the Uniform Information Practices Act found this item among a list of types of information that are required to be publicly disclosed and readily available for inspection or duplication during regular business hours:
Secion 92F-12(a)(14) The name, compensation (but only the salary range for employees covered by or included in chapter 76, and sections 302A-602 to 302A-640, and 302A-701, or bargaining unit (8)), job title, business address, business telephone number, job description, education and training background, previous work experience, dates of first and last employment, position number, type of appointment, service computation date, occupational group or class code, bargaining unit code, employing agency name and code, department, division, branch, office, section, unit, and island of employment, of present or former officers or employees of the agency; provided that this paragraph shall not require the creation of a roster of employees; and provided further that this paragraph shall not apply to information regarding present or former employees involved in an undercover capacity in a law enforcement agency;
So the directory and its information on names of House employees and what office they work in is all required to be available to the public, along with lots of other specific information not included in this directory. I’m not sure about the staff photos, although since these were all posed photos taken for directory purposes, there isn’t likely to be any privacy interest in them.
So I sent a brief email off to the Speaker, Vice Speaker, and Majority Leader suggesting that the “in house and confidential” description sends the wrong message both to staff and the public. Silence. I sent a follow-up email, this time suggesting that “someone” might blog about the directory if the situation weren’t corrected. Again, no reply.
So now someone has blogged about it.
A couple of news stories are worth mentioning on this Thursday morning.
Almost everybody has had an experience with an office refrigerator, which is what gives this story from the Mercury News about a building evacuation caused by a refrigerator its legs.
In the end, 325 AT&T employees poured out to a parking lot that was the company’s designated evacuation site. A total of 50 firefighters and 18 emergency vehicles raced to the scene. Seven employees, who were vomiting or complaining of nausea, were treated at area hospitals.
The aroma of rotting food was hard enough to stomach. But when an employee decided to remove the mess to a conference room and scour the fridge with a cleaning fluid similar to 409 or Lysol, “she didn’t smell a thing,” said Capt. Barry Stallard of the fire department.
The woman on fridge duty had previously undergone nasal surgery for allergies.
And then, in the context of our local rail transit debate, there’s this NY Times story on German planning for communities without cars. We are so far behind!