MILWAUKEE - Today's update for MPA LLC Consumer Protection Group highlights the importance of TRUST and believeability of the Public Information Act.
Why make a fuss
One of the keys to TRUST and better policies in the marketplace is the equity and transparency of the laws, to enforce the good ones and to remove the laws that do not regulate and guide best practices for accountability of ALL; this is especially true when it comes to those we put in office and those they appoint and hire.
There must be a ZERO tolerance when it comes to identifying those who compromise the process of fairness in the marketplace - anti-trust, discrimination, cronyism, conflict of interest, blind-eye to favors and cover-ups. It is most egregious when those we elect are the "criminals" in the acts. They must be held to the same standards as any violator, only with the elected-appointed-hired violator they should have hefty fines, charged with a felony and misdemeanors for immediate removal of office, forfeiture of any retirement and sent to jail.
Like many laws that affect millions of folk, especially those fok disadvantaged for whatever reason, when the law and/or regulation is NOT enforced it sens the wrong message. It not only erodes the trust of the people, it significantly put in place misuse such as FRAUD and ignoring with "arrogance" human-civi-legal rights.
Each one of us have the responsibility to ensure that STANDARDS are put in place for the GREATER GOOD of all. The Code of Conduct that is on the front burner each day is only as good as it is enforced by ALL.
MPA LLC Consumer Protection Group has added FOIA to its Reporting and Reports.
It is a priority for enforcement. There are three flaggs that are of immediate discouragement. They are: 1) Anti-Trust and 2) Discrimination , and 3) Isolation.
5-Year Signature Plan
During Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, 5-year investigation, requesting information was the main way of obtaining information through many Open Letters sent during the 2005-2010 Smart Growth Signature Plan. It was clear that those in government were the biggest violators.
Time-and-time again, they were deceptive and did not share information per the law. Their lawyers would find ways to get-around the Public Information Request. As a matter of fact, the following methods were commonly used. They were:
- NO response.
- Delayed information.
- Delayed information that was incomplete.
- Delayed and incomplete information with significant cost.
- Delayed response with NO information, claiming not clear or not available.
- Questionable "protected from disclosure" response.
- Questionable refusals due to "vague request" but no mention of what would offer "CLARITY"
- Questionable "redacted" information.
Who's Who List
There is a "culture" that must be replaced in our government offices that we depend on. Their lack of role and responsibility as "public servants" has become "when-and-if-I-want-to-with-shameless-arrogance". Enforcement of the laws on the table and NEW ones to reflect today's climate can put in check the "running wild" behavior. Below are 50 plus who have engaged in NO response and/or one of the above obstructions. Some FOIA requests have been requested multiple times. This is an incomplete list of city, county, state and federal violators. Violators to-date include:
Milwaukee County Contractor and Ethics Board referral - Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Justice Committee - Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, District Attorney John Chisholm, County Executive Chris Abele, Kit Murphy McNally, MCSO Inspector Richard Schmidt, Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., County Supervisor Willie Johnson, First Assistant Public Defender Tom Reed
Milwaukee School Superintendent Gregory Thornton
Wisconsin Public Records Law
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Updated: September 9, 2013