Transparency News 12/13/13

Friday, December 13, 2013
State and Local Stories


The Richmond School Board is promising to name the city’s next school superintendent on Dec. 23, but there will be time for public input as the field of three finalists is narrowed to one in the next week. The School Board will privately and publicly interview three finalists from the original field of 76 candidates. The board will announce the finalists Monday, then meet with them privately Tuesday. The finalists will then meet with the public Wednesday. The School Board is setting up a three-hour meeting during which the finalists will spend an hour each with three groups: the public; citizens who were chosen to participate in the search process; and a small group of teachers and administrators.

City officials had little to say this week about efforts to replace police Chief Bill Price, who is retiring Jan. 1. Price, who turns 70 years old this week, announced in early September that he would step down after 21 years on the job. In September, interim City Manager Tabitha Crowder said she hoped to have his replacement hired by year’s end, but she said this week that likely won’t occur. “I’m not going to talk much about it. I’m sorry,” Crowder said. “All I’ll say is it’s [search] underway.” Asked who would manage the department until a permanent replacement is named, Crowder said, “Somebody,” later adding, “If we select an interim, we’ll let you know.” She also declined to say how many people applied for the job, discuss the current status of the search process or speculate when a chief will be chosen.
Herald Courier

National Stories

The Obama administration on Thursday fought to keep secret a CIA account of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle. Half a century after the failed invasion of Cuba, and three decades after a CIA historian completed his draft study, an administration lawyer told a top appellate court that the time still isn’t right to make the document public. “The passage of time has not made it releasable,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell P. Zeff told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Miami Herald

A consumer fraud lawsuit filed in California asserts that Corp. illegally extorts a $199 fee from individuals whose mug shots it posts online within hours of their arrests. That makes at least three suits against the company, which publishes the names and mug shots of arrested individuals on and The latest action, filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles County, Calif., Superior Court, was brought by Los Angeles resident Zim Rogers, whose mug shot stemming from his arrest more than 10 years ago for various traffic violations the company published online.
National Law Journal