This is one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time and having Atty. Joesting intervene is an extraordinary accomplishment. I remember Leo and Miss Tickly stating that she was one of the better State attorneys and this proves it ! I likewise had similar “non-compliant” issues with Ms. Okubo and Ms. Fukino (who, with all due respect to their positions, are indeed exhibiting nothing short of egregious criminal behavior patterns) and when I sent a letter to Atty. Joesting (about 2-3 months ago), with a litany of valid accusations, I rec’d a response that she was on vacation, so I forwarded it to Atty. Brooks. Well, despite my very well documented accusations of SEVERAL examples of blatant malfeasance displayed by the DOH, Ms. Brooks TOTALLY white-washed ALL of my accusations indicating that the State is overwhelmed with requests and they cannot handle addressing them adequately at this time.
I was hoping that with the three forerunners in these pursuits, Miss Tickly, Leo and Mr. Charleton, that SOMEONE would’ve made some headway by now, but I see it’ll be a LONG, HARD battle ! I am very interested in contributing toward this cause as I also employed an attorney to assist me in my pursuits, but after Ms. Brooks reply, it was the opinion of both myself and my attorney that the State just will not comply by their own laws, and unless someone is willing to file a lawsuit and make the commitment to visit HI for hearings, not much would be done about these, valid though they be.
Seeing Atty. Joesting’s letter is VERY encouraging, so let’s pursue this adamantly and with renewed vigor!
Possible lawsuit against Hawaii regarding non-compliance of the UPIA.
Here is another comment from the article.
December 22, 2009 at 2:35 AM
The brilliance in this is that you were assigned to Linden Joesting. If you had requested something regarding a vital record you would have automatically been assigned to Cathy Takase and would have received no help at all. Shes the one who volunteered to do everything regarding vital records requests advise Okubo how to answer, judge whether she answered correctly, and (after Tsukiyama resigned and verbally asked her to act as director), give final approval for her opinion on whether she counseled Okubo to give the right answer.
Something else that should be known. The DOH is saying they are so inundated that they just dont have time to deal with requests. I sent in a request for all UIPA responses sent out by Okubo in the last 10 business days. I got a response today; in 10 business days she sent out 7 responses all denials of things she is required by law to give and at least one citing law incorrectly. The 2 weeks extended from Nov 28-Dec 10, and the only responses she sent out were on Dec 10th. So during the time that she was not answering your request, Mr. Charlton, she was NOT being kept from doing so because of a large volume of these requests that she was responding to. Nor were there any furlough days during those 2 weeks. She is not responding because she doesnt want to.
(Oops! Second try.)
HI Department of Health refuses OIPs request (THAT THEY DISCLOSE PUBLIC DOCUMENTS BY DEC. 21st