Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More Lack of Transparency

Since January 1, 2016, I have made 42 public records requests.  Less than 2 a month.  But what have I gotten back on those requests?

Out of that total, 10 were responded to NO RESPONSIVE RECORDS.

So what did I ask for that they said didn't exist?

  1. Copy of Airport Fire stations / operations recent failed inspection report
  2. Amounts paid to Nathan Edler Lawns LLC for work for Pensacola International Airport from June 2016 to March 29, 2017 from the following City airport landscaping contractors:
    One Source
    Ken Griffin
  3. All quarterly reports submitted by Laura Bogan as detailed in her proposal referenced in her contract for social media services from May 2013 through December 28, 2016
  4. As custodian of the below referenced document, please verify that a panel interview document for Mr. Tibbett does not exist as stated by Mr. Shaud.
  5. electronic copy of airport fire department deficiency report noted by Chief Allen on AM 1620 on 6/14/2016
  6. I have confirmed with Chief Glover the meeting in fact took place as Allen stated. Where is the reprimand?  I actually ended up getting the reprimands they said didn't exist
  7. Any investigation notes, reprimands, employee file entries or any other document regarding drivers license suspension of Amy Workman
  8. all city related emails between ashtonhayward@yahoo.com and bob@kerrigan.com from July 20, 2015 to August 21, 2015
  9. Contents of the black binder / black folder removed by Eric Olson from the Fire Admin building on Friday February 26, 2016
  10. Presentation by Don Kraher on Longhollow for Mondays Workshop
5 of the No Responsive Records were Fire Department Records.  I think I see a trend.  Maybe one department head needs remedial public records training.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Transparent City Hall

The difference in a professional organization and the downtown Hayward / Bobblehead circus.

Pensacola Police Department - A Professional Organization

  • Separate Public Records department
  • Personally contacts records requestors the next day to ask questions to clarify
  • Makes recommendations to reduce wasted time and effort
  • Desires to get the CITIZEN what they are requesting
  • Pleasant, personal interactions with the public
The Hayward / Bobblehead Circus - A Joke by Any Standard
  • Citizens can only submit requests by electronic means
  • No calls.  No clarifications.  You enter and wait for a reply.
  • Make the requestor ask again where it is after delaying a week. 
  • If not worded exactly right, the answer is No Responsive Records
  • May as well say "We are not giving you anything until you figure out a way to request in a manner we can't deny."
  • Then ask for an obscene amount of money to provide a document both the City and the reqestor know what it is, that it exists and could be ready to go within minutes.
  • Require payment of public records ransom before providing
  • Wait til after 5pm on a Friday before providing
The professional who handles at PPD probably makes less than a third of what Bobblehead makes.

I would not want to be a City employee and work under this regime for all the tea in China.  

It must be UNBEARABLE.

Updated: City Playing Games Again With Public Records

A week ago on August 11, I made a public records request concerning a report about the Airport Fire Department.

A source had told me that the airport's fire service may have failed an inspection.

I asked for the inspection report. 1 document!

In the old days, the Fire Department had its own public records officer who would actually contact me himself to tell me what documents I should request as public records to get the information I wanted.

Now that overly helpful public records officer is Chief and I guess he doesn't feel the need to provide the information on what is happening in the department as quickly.

It's always a game with the City.  Transparent as a black hole.

Sooner or later you have to give it up!


Within 10 minutes.  More games!


Maren DeWeese

RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of 8/11/2017 Reference # W001983-081117 for the following information: 
Copy of Airport Fire stations / operations recent failed inspection report

Dear Maren DeWeese, 

This letter responds to your public records request to the City of Pensacola, dated and received on 8/11/2017.
The City of Pensacola has reviewed its files and has determined there are no responsive records or documents to your request for public records. 
Consider refining your request to provide better results. If you have any questions or require additional information please contact me directly at (850) 435-1715 or publicrecords@cityofpensacola.com. Thank you for using the Sunshine Center.


Lysia H. Bowling
City Attorney
Office of the City Attorney

222 W. Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 435-1715

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Questions regarding the Nursing Home Incident

Prior to posting the PPD incident report  I interviewed an involved party. The person was very concerned about several issues surrounding the case.  Of those issues, I am researching the following surrounding the nursing home incident:
  • What information is reflected in the sworn (written and recorded) statements of the nursing home employees that were interviewed by the PPD?
  • What did any videos obtained in the investigation reflect?
  • What was recorded on the hidden camera placed in the alleged victim's room?
  • 4 potential crimes are noted in the police report, yet no action is taken by the PPD.  Were the PPD officers instructed by anyone within the department to end the investigation?
  • Why was the City Councilman not interviewed even though he was identified as a "potential suspect"?
I was contacted by the police depatment to discuss my public records request today.  Based on my discussion, the request is substantial and will take some time to assemble and redact any confidential information.

As I receive answers to these questions and my data requests, I will post them here without opinion but merely present the facts as they are provided to me.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tracking MacQueen

The PNJ recently did a story on Julian MacQueen's round the world flight.


Well if you want to track his progress here's how.


In the search area, search for N199HJ.  It shows that the MacQueen's are now in Shannon, Ireland.

Based on Flightaware his trip has started out like this:

11:07AM GMTKeflavik Int'l - KEF
02:33PM ISTShannon - SNN
2h 26m
11:37AM ADTCFB Goose Bay (Goose Bay) - YYR
02:24PM -02Narsarsuaq - UAK
1h 47m
09:00AM ADTHalifax Int'l - YHZ
10:25AM ADTCFB Goose Bay (Goose Bay) - YYR
1h 25m
11:40AM EDTPiedmont Triad Intl - GSO
03:01PM ADTHalifax Int'l - YHZ
2h 21m
02:27PM CDTPensacola Intl - PNS
04:55PM EDTPiedmont Triad Intl - GSO
1h 28m

Trip of a lifetime!  How cool!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Public Records Request

Police Department Public Records Request 


PPD15OFF011007 Documents, video, photos, complete file, records, any and all obtained/produced within this incident to include: 
  • video recordings from victims room, 
  • interview notes, 
  • photo evidence of air tubing
  • recording of interviews  
  • Interviews  
  • Also please provide any and all emails to/from David Alexander and any supervisors.