County Employees Allowed to Watch Live Streams of Council Meetings… County Employees 1 Public 0 ????

I’m kind of irked if the following statement from former County Council Legislative Aide, Tiffany Edwards Hunt is true:

Damon, my understanding is all county employees have access to a live stream of the County Council meeting… I used to watch the Council meetings from my computer when I worked in the County Clerk’s Office as a legislative assistant. I typed in some numerical web address to gain access… And, it is my understanding that when and if the teleconferencing goes down, the Council or committee meeting needs to be recessed until the technical problem can be fixed…

I followed up with this:

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Wow… blown away… thanks tiff.

    So why only county employees? Pfft… do they pay more into the system then non-county employees?

    What about Janitors and other “County Employees”.

    Where can I find this list of County Members that are so privileged to watch these and not us regular folks with the same internet access?

    Where do the Lifeguards at the Pahoa Pool watch them… I’ll just kick back with them if it’s somewhere at the aquatics center.

    I’m very puzzled now. What’s the big deal if they are already streaming them to county employees… why not make them available to everyone?

    Since when was a county employee any better then a Federal or State employee? Or a Private employee or Joe blow collecting welfare?

    I’m totally puzzled now… seriously folks? I feel totally out of the loop if this is going on and I will start demanding for equal access to all of us that pitch into this little thing… not just a few select county employees.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Tiff… I can’t remember the time line when you left as Naole’s assistant and when she moved into her new office behind subway…

    But I kind of doubt her office behind Subway has a T1 data line. I may be mistaken.

    If she does have one all to herself… wow… ! I’m gonna go surf the net at our local council ladies office. LOL.

  • James Weatherford Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    This provided for in the Sunshine Law:

    Once teleconferencing sites and capability are on the public notice, then…
    “when and if the teleconferencing goes down, the Council or committee meeting needs to be recessed until the technical problem can be fixed…”

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    ******

    Is there any reason why “PUBLIC NOTICE” needs to be made.

    I’ll settle for an IP Address to watch these streams.

    Can’t they set up something where they don’t have to make it “Public Notice”

    It could be “Request by demand”?

    I just wanna watch these things and if someone else is at the county level… then I want to at home!

    If they go down on my nickle… so be it… I’m not gonna ask for the meeting to be recessed… I understand shat happens… !

    But at least give us the public a chance to watch these.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ll make it public on my blog… just give me the IP.

    Or is there some secret that the public isn’t aware of…

    pfft…

    Very irritated right now.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    From Jon Yoshimoto to Damon Tucker (May 22nd):

    Thank you for your email. We are in the process of looking into having live streaming video of our council meetings that could possibly result in considerable savings to the county.

    From Dominic Yagong to Kenneth Goodenow (May 22nd):

    I think we should do this if at all possible. Let me know how much money it would take, and I can see if we can find the money and amend the final budget on our June 2nd meeting. In today’s hectic world, we need to utilize technology that will provide the most convenient service to our island constituency. Thanks Ken.

    From Kenneth Goodenow to Damon Tucker (May 22nd):

    Please see the attached Department of Human Resources. I’ve already been through this before, but I thought I check again. I have also been told by HR the following:

    1) In the case of video-streaming the law hasn’t caught up to the technology yet. Podcasts and webcasts are now mentioned as falling under the ADA requirements for accessibility.

    2) The County of Kaua ‘i had a lawsuit filed against them based on Communications Access because transmission of County Council Meetings was not captioned. There was a judgment against County of Kauai and now everything they do is captioned.

    Thank you again for your comments. Again, if you think you can provide the services for less, I encourage you to participate in the next RFP.

    http://mauinotices.com/2009/07/27/live-streaming-the-county-council-meetings-more-chaos-or-just-musical-chairs/

    Now tell me why do our council members and county clerk write emails to me like this last two months ago, if the county employees have been getting this all along.

    WTF?

    My head is spinning on this ordeal.

    Didn’t know one of the benefit of being a county employee was you get to see the Council Meetings on your computer… pfft.

    I’m so confused on this now… Can someone please tell me why Joe Blow isn’t as cool as Joe County Worker?

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