non-disclosure of infrastructure problem a management issue?

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at
Mon Aug 25 03:52:56 UTC 2008

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Frank Cox <theatre at> wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Aug 2008 19:37:02 -0800
> Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at> wrote:
> Unfortunately, while a policy for future incidents would be nice, I don't set
> it as a priority item at this time.  When your house is burning down, you don't
> send out a rfq for fire sprinkler systems.

Oh you've taken Apocolaptic Allogories 101?  I took advanced
Rhetorical Rhetoric.  This should be fun.

I also do not stand in the way of the fire fighters and asking them
questions as to what's happening while they are putting the fire out.
Nor do I do it to the fire investigators who poke around in the ashes
trying to figure out whats wrong.  And last time I set a house on
fire, it took weeks for the fire department to confidently determine
that it was arson...and that was just a house fire.    When I blew up
that chemical plant that one time, it took months to finally determine
the cause.

I doubt there's much here for me to add. I do not have any details as
to the current sutation. I am not one of the fire fighters nor am I
one of the fire investigators.  I am just one of the City Council
members who need to make sure the fire fighters and fire investigators
are following documented procedures with regard to how to communicate
to the public.  And if they don't have those procedures, I back their
asses up when they have to make a judgement call.

I've pointed where I think constructive conversation should go. If you
don't want to be a part of that conversation, that's perfectly okay
with me. In fact I'm thrilled by the fact that you don't see the
policy need as a priority. Hopefully that means you'll keep your noise
out of it while more experienced people work on it.


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