“Sunshine Cartoon Image”

John Pritchett, one of Hawaii’s top political cartoonists, did what no other journalist did — he filed a complaint with the Office of Information Practices because he couldn’t get information from the city on its “vision teams” and if they were operating under Hawaii Sunshine Law. The result of his inquiry, which took nearly 10 months to receive, is listed below. On Monday, March 3, 2003, the OIP released a letter stating that the mayor’s “vision teams” have a 90 percent non-compliance rate with the state “sunshine law.”

A copy of the letter follows:

March 3, 2003

Mr. John Pritchett

Aiea/Pearl City Vision Community Team

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