I just finished the best lunch I’ve had in a while from El Pescador on E. Wash. I looked around the interwebs to see if they have a website, but couldn’t find one. In lieu of that, here is a link to a glowing review in Isthmus. Delish!
There were some interesting blog posts this week about open records. To start off, here is one from Blogging for Michigan: Sheriff – “I am not responding to the blog”. In it, blogger Christine is very pleased with the way a local sheriff reacted to her FOIA request (filed on her behalf by Zarko Research and Consulting.
Next, The Indiana Law Blog brings up an interesting question: Is a public employee’s history of internet usage subject to public records access? I have to agree with their conclusion — unless a user’s surfing history is complied into a document anyway, it’s not a public record.
In Judge Horne: “I am not ruling that every record in a public official’s possession is a public record.” Ric James, the blogger at Hooda Thunk finds this most recent ruling in the Sally Mann case (he’s got the history of the case within the post) much more agreeable than the one another judge had made previously. I’m in agreement with the first ruling myself – it doesn’t matter to me where the records were produced, at home or in the office, if they were made to further public business then they should be treated as public documents.
Finally, here’s a post from a school board memberin Loudon County, VA: FOIA & gadgets. He’s getting a little pissy about the fact that all communications regarding school business are a matter of public record, and is combating it by storing all those messages back and forth on dedicated devices.