Richard Nixon learned this lesson the hard way, as did Bill Clinton. Other public figures have learned it the hard way as well.
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings drew more criticism Tuesday after he offered yet another explanation of how his agency has calculated and reported emergency response times to city officials.
Speaking to the Fire Commission, Cummings said his department used computerized projections of response times — instead of actual performance data — in reports about pending budget cuts that were presented to the commission and City Council members last year.
“Yet another explanation”? I guess the previous ones didn’t work, so they’ll keep trying. At the center of this a controversy over how the LAFD (city, not county) calculated response times to incidents. Read the article for the details.
So, what did LAFD do when it’s chief was caught lying to the City Council? They decided that it would make sense to stop giving out any response information to the press and public.
LAFD Chief Brian Cummings’ Media Blackout Is Illegal and Self-Serving, Says LA.’s Top Free-Speech Attorney
Brian L. Cummings, chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, not only put the city in jeopardy by releasing false response times earlier this year. Nope. He has also managed to violate the California Public Records Act by now halting the release of response times and addresses to L.A. news outlets.
Using HIPAA as an excuse to with hold response data from the public might seem like a good tactic, but it probably isn’t.
This story hasn’t made a big splash (yet) but it likely will. If the Chief is lying about response times and then with holding data to cover up that lie, then someone is going to make an issue of it sooner or later.
Maybe Chief Cummings should consult with Dave Statter.