Citizens complain that government information they're seeking is difficult to access. Government staffers struggle with voluminous records requests intended solely to harass. Where's the middle ground? How can we solve this problem without resorting to expensive lawsuits?
State Attorney General Rob McKenna and State Auditor Brian Sonntag have convened a new Open Government Task Force to study the creation of administrative board or other alternative to the courts to rule on complaints of violations of the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.
Several newspapers included guest editorials by AG McKenna this week.
Attorney General Rob McKenna was in Yakima this weekend, taking part in a march against gang violence.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner Adam Goldstein -- better known by his professional alias, DJ AM -- died of an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Tuesday.
"The cause of death was accidental drug overdose due to the combined effects of cocaine, Vicodin, oxycodone, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and levamisole," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner. Levamisole is a medication drug dealers cut cocaine with before selling it on the street.
The story from CNN on Friday was stunning, yet confirms what we've been talking about for years:
People with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to be victims of violent crimes than are people without disabilities, according to a government study released Thursday.