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Entries Tagged as 'Sunshine'

What SF has done to modernize access to restaurant inspection ratings

April 28th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Here’s a great idea highlighted by an article on CityLab.com, formerly known as The Atlantic Cities (“3 Cities Using Open Data in Creative Ways to Solve Problems“). In San Francisco, they’ve managed to partner with Yelp. The cooperative arrangement has allowed them to make government restaurant inspection reports and ratings available online as part of […]

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Tags: Computers · Consumer issues · Food · Sunshine

Lobbyist spending falls in the first two months of 2015

April 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I downloaded the latest lobbyist expenditure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission last week, and did a quick review for my column that appears at Civil Beat today (“Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top“). The latest reporting period covered January and February of this year. I found several interesting things. First, […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Sunshine

More sunshine would have benefited Mayor Kenoi

April 6th, 2015 · 15 Comments

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has likely torpedoed his own future political options now that his rather flexible approach to using a county credit card for personal expenses has come to light. Well, that’s a bit too passive. We don’t know exactly how this story developed, but it looks like credit goes to reporter Nancy […]

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Tags: Media · Sunshine

Sunshine Law bills still moving in the legislature

March 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Here’s a list of bills relating to Hawaii’s Sunshine Law that are still alive in this session. These bills are drawn from a longer list of sunshine bills, both those that have died and those that successfully crossed over, which were identified by the Office of Information Practices. I’ve marked those which OIP reports supporting. […]

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Tags: Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

When the Navy disclosed its history of nuclear weapon accidents

March 21st, 2015 · 3 Comments

I’m trying to reduce a file cabinet of old documents to a box or two, a bunch of scans, and a couple of bags of trash. It isn’t easy. I keep finding notes that remind me of “the story behind the story” told in published articles. Back in the late 1970s, while I was on […]

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Tags: History · Media · Politics · Sunshine · War & Peace