Thursday, February 15, 2007

KGO ABC7 sues to get bus agency records

The union representing city bus drivers in San Francisco is going to great lengths to prevent KGO ABC7's Dan Noyes from finding out which drivers are getting the most complaints from riders. For more than a month, Noyes has been trying to get the transit agency, Muni, to release complaints about its 25 worst drivers. Initially Muni was ready to turn over the complaints. Then the union ran to a judge, Patrick Mahoney, who said Muni should black out the names of drivers pending a future hearing. Now, the union and Muni agreed to a settlement in which the transit agency would only release the complaints if the names were blacked out. The screen grab above shows Noyes with the 1,000 pages of complaints he received -- sans names. Yesterday, KGO ABC7 announced it was suing Muni under the state's open records law to obain the complaints with the names.

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