This evening Too Conservative peeks in from Texas to get the scoop on Jeanette “Moonfruit” Rishell’s latest redefinition of her “consistent” policies. This time, she spouts off incoherently regarding overcrowding enforcement. You know, that little problem that Jeanette Rishell lobbied the Manassas City Council on, asking them to do nothing at all about the problem. Now she wants to set up something called a “Livability Court” to provide special handling for violations of selected ordinances.
What I find most hilarous about this inanity is this little gem:
I propose complaints should be in writing and accompanied by as much documentation as possible. In this way we would take responsibility for our complaints. All written complaints will be held confidential and subject only to FOIA requests.
Confidential, but subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act? Look, lady, NOTHING is confidential if all it takes is any random citizen to file a FOIA request, and there are plenty of people out there who make the submission of FOIA requests their full-time hobby. In Virginia, a FOIA request can be a simple email, and there are rarely any costs associated with filing a FOIA request. The predictable result of this would be a requirement to add several additional full-time employees to do nothing other than process the flood of FOIA requests which would inevitably result.
I know contracting officers who started to include pricing data normally requested under FOIA by RFI and RFQ respondents because it was less trouble and enormously less expensive to release the information simply as a matter of course, even though that information was usually considered confidential. All this shows yet again that Jeanette Rishell is utterly unqualified for office, and is enamoured with harebrained schemes to “improve” government by vastly increasing it’s cost. If Jeanette Rishell doesn’t understand how FOIA actually works, she is unqualified to partipate in enacting laws.
How utterly bonkers, indeed. Good catch, TC. Didn’t Rishell quietly drop this “punish landlords when their tenants violate a lease” idea several weeks ago?
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