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OIP: UH was wrong to hide names in 'Wonder Blunder' report

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 07:06 a.m. HST, Apr 03, 2013

The state Office of Information Practices issued an opinion that “almost none” of the redactions to the 57-page University of Hawaii fact-finders’ report on the Stevie Wonder concert debacle were justified under state law.

The opinion, prompted by a request from state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa), chairwoman of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability last fall, was released last week.

In its opinion, the Office of Information Practices chided UH for redacting Wonder’s name, noting that, “his name had been publicized in UH’s statewide announcement of the concert and, thus, in this case he was already widely known in connection with the failed concert and, indeed, tickets with his name on them were being pre-sold at the time of its cancellation.”

In its opinion, the OIP recommends “that the committee return the report to UH so that UH can redo the redaction as provided for herein.”

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Pocho wrote:
Geez, it's costing more doing that. Just have the committee put in the Stevie's redacted name in there. Cannot believe the waste of money here. What $220K and counting?
on April 2,2013 | 06:42PM
OldDiver wrote:
Don't worry folks. Greenwood and her buddies will just blame this on politicians sticking their nose into UH business.
on April 2,2013 | 11:09PM
Rickyboy wrote:
At the rate UH is blundering, perhaps it will save money by cleaning house and hire competent people in the key positions.
on April 2,2013 | 06:52PM
Bothrops wrote:
Didn't it cost $15,000 to pay for some lawyers to do the redacting? Is UH going to pay more to have them put the names back??
on April 2,2013 | 07:11PM
localguy wrote:
Do you think? The only way to clean up the ongoing management fiasco at UH is a top to bottom house cleaning. Clearly new management is needed, the current minions are not cutting it.
on April 2,2013 | 07:21PM
egghead wrote:
We should get our money back from Katz's office for professional malpractice and what ever costs is takes to remedy the their error.
on April 2,2013 | 07:58PM
false wrote:
What would Allie say?
on April 2,2013 | 08:06PM
Bob Katz, time to go..........................wait till Senator Kim gets her kim chee out of the UH BIdding Process (that one she likes to shred) she will understand why attorneys like Bob Katz, get fat contracts like that. this is just the tip of the iceberg........
on April 2,2013 | 08:34PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
on April 2,2013 | 09:04PM
whs1966 wrote:
UHM should demand a full refund for the poor work done.
on April 3,2013 | 04:32AM
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