Tuesday, January 8, 2013


There are many reasons why Mcfarlane should be fired but this this takes the cake.
 Intentionally trying to obstruct an investigation is a serious violation of public duty.
I hazard to say it borders on criminal behavior. 

Of course, McFarlane's statement that TriMet has long wanted to address the issue of operator fatigue run contrary to the agency's attitude about supplying The Oregonian with public records for its investigation.
At times, agency officials -- who charged the newspaper more than $3,750 for documents -- refused to run the newspaper's requests for information in its databases, arguing that such queries weren't required under state public records laws. When the newspaper then agreed to pay for the complete database of driver schedules from the past nine months, amounting to about 8,000 pages, TriMet's general counsel denied requests for the information to be supplied in a spreadsheet, text document or other format that could easily be moved into a searchable database. Instead, the agency insisted on converting the information into an unwieldy PDF format that required pain-staking copying and pasting into a database.
When The Oregonian attempted to get the complete record of the October 2011 MAX crash, TriMet denied the request, saying many of the documents were protected because they pertained to a personnel matter. After an appeal by The Oregonian, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office sided with the newspaper, saying the information was so alarming that the public had a right to see it.

TriMet driver fatigue: General Manager calls for overtime audit, better policing of sleepiness |

1 comment:

Steve Fung said...

Nixon had a term for this type of behavior-"Stone Walling".