Hillsborough's grand planning for transportation or transit, whatever, since the Tribune has continuing difficulty with their headlines and difference between the two, has started the next phase with announcement of GoHillsborough.
From the new GoHillsborough web site
Our community is facing some tough choices related to the very complex issue of transportation. Quite simply, we are experiencing significant shortfalls in funding just as our population is expanding and our congestion is rapidly increasing, putting greater pressure on our already declining transportation system. The reality is that unless we come together and deal with this right away, our quality of life — our time with friends and family– and our economic stability are threatened.Lots of platitudes with the right attitude. But threatened?
They're doing the social out reach thing across multiple channels, including public meetings, "voices", then "choices", etc. As if they've not heard it before, wandering around Hillsborough County, listening to voices and their choices, same as the last decade.
GoHillsborough also has the social outreach side, as they have a Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channel. Just like EyeOnTampaBay!
Then there's this from the Tribune February 13th.
Hillsborough County officials took action Thursday to make sure any public comments arising out of upcoming meetings on transportation improvements remain open to the public as well as civil.
...Emphasis mine. Looks like they have yet to kick in the moderation on the Facebook site.
Because the stakes are so high, debate arising out of the upcoming public outreach effort is sure to be highly charged, county officials say, and some commentary on county Facebook and Twitter sites could be offensive.
“We will be looking at any inappropriate comments,” said George Walton, senior vice president for the county’s consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff. “We may have to take them off, but they will still be available if you want to dig them out.”
|February 7 post spreading lies and misinformation about NoTaxForTracks|
This seems to violate the "courteous, respectful and appropriate" comments from the GoHillsborough Rules of Engagement. Walter John Slupecki, behind the moniker "No Tax For Tracks Hillsborough Truth Page", never counters with any substantial argument or defends his position. This post also violates GoHillsborough's Rules of Engagement to "Identify Yourself" with first and last name.
|February 7 comment slamming the Governor|
Then there's this:
|Feb 8 comment about Tea Party out to destroy Tampa Bay|
We reached out to Beth Leytham, who is subcontracted out by PB to run the social outreach and marketing and PR campaign, something the BOCC specifically stated they did NOT want. She responded that we can reply back and engage on the Facebook site, though she indicated she did note our concerns.
Is the site to collect feedback ... "Voices" and "Choices" on transportation solutions, or to post lies about others, and then counter their accusations?
Recall George Walton of PB stated they “will be looking at any inappropriate comments. We may have to take them off."
These posts are now 5 to 6 days old. How bad do the comments have to get?
Hillsborough County does not even own the GoHillsborough.org web site, but you paid for it.
The domain name is registered to a local ad agency Chappell Roberts. Why does an ad agency own the url? The CEO of Chappell Roberts is the marketing and communications executive board member of the big rail advocate Tampa Bay Partnership. There are NONE of the disclaimers on the website that is normally on a website owned by a taxpayer funded entity or government. Does this provide a way to skirt our Sunshine laws? Who owns the data? Is the data gathered and content on this website subject to public access rules? The county is paying a million taxpayer dollars for this effort so why doesn't the county own the domain name? Does the county own all the data associated with this effort? Shouldn't this effort paid for by taxpayers be totally transparent to the public? If so, where are the disclaimers that state the information/data gathered on the website is public information?
We've asked County Commissioners and staff these questions but have yet to receive any answers.
Similarly, what are the implications for the Facebook page?
You paid for this. Your tax dollars at work. Nearly $1 million dollars.
Where is the oversight?
They just started engaging the public and are already out of control.