Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Little Rock City Hall secrecy continues

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Mayor Mark Stodola's "transparent" city government remains opaque. Two days after an FOI for accumulated city data on ward redistricting, none has been provided. The custodian of the documents has not replied, as law requires, to my FOI request. Clearly, as an article in the Democrat-Gazette this morning indicates, select city directors have been informed of what new shape their districts will take. Note that Director Ken Richardson, who takes exception to city leadership from time to time, seems less certain about what shape his ward will take than Doris Wright and Lance Hines, leadership team players.

City Manager Bruce Moore has told me he had no materials related to my request except a document with new population data in existing wards. That's interesting. I asked Metroplan director Jim McKenzie for any work his agency had done for the city. His response:

We did some early analysis for LR relative to the census implications for redistricting. Unlike some of our members who asked us to handle developing redistricting alternatives for them, LR is handling that in house. We have given the City Manager all of the analysis we did for them and he would be the appropriate party to whom to address your request.

I have asked Bruce Moore for this analysis. I expect the same transparency and cooperation I've received to date — zero. The city sham continues. Do you trust them to be any more forthcoming about decisions on spending their new half-billion dollars? Or will all internal studies and reports and analysis be deemed in "active use" (secret) until the moment an issue is worked out and presented full-blown to the City Board as a done deal? Past is prologue. This isn't how the public's government should operate.

Tags: , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave on Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County

    The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grave near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abductor, have been upgraded to capital murder.
    • Sep 30, 2014
  • Mark Pryor is a consensus builder; attorney general talk proves it

    The fact that Sen. Mark Pryor is even mentioned as a potential nominee for attorney general is solid proof — as evidenced by right-wing news sources — that he's the candidate in the race this year who offers some promise of being a bipartisan consensus builder.
    • Sep 25, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • How the South became dead red

    Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Fact-checkers unaninmous: Tom Cotton is a liar

    Tom Cotton has hit the fact-checking trifecta: All three major fact-checking operations says his ad blaming his vote against the farm bill on President Obama is dishonest.
  • Bill Clinton sounds caution on charter schools

    A singular voice, former president Bill Clinton, sounded a note of caution about charter schools in a speech in New York yesterday and thank goodness.
  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
  • Police: NLR real estate agent missing after showing house in Scott

    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is currently searching for a North Little Rock real estate agent whose husband reported her missing after she apparently disappeared while showing a house in Scott.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation