Monday, January 19, 2015

San Jose City Official uses Twitter to Silence Voices and Discriminate

Please let the City of San Jose's Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Kerry Adams Hapner, know that if she is going to choose to make her Twitter account a public forum then she CAN NOT block the voices of the public just because she does not like the message they share.

Ms. Adams Hapner did not want to listen to my requests to help end wage theft in the arts and blocked me from being able to either read or respond to her Tweets related to official city business.

I have sent a letter of complaint to various offices.  Earlier today I emailed the City Manager and was informed, "City staff will review your e-mail and when necessary, will follow up with you regarding any questions or concerns you may have.  The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public."

LET MS. ADAMS HAPNER know that her TWEETS are MEANT for the GENERAL PUBLIC TO READ and RESPOND to!  TO BLOCK IS TO DISCRIMINATE!

Email:  kerry.adams-hapner@sanjoseca.gov
Twitter: @kadamshapner
Web:  http://sanjoseculture.org.p11.hostingprod.com/?pid=11100


1/21/2015 UPDATE:
The City says that Ms. Adams Hapner's Twitter account is a personal one and, therefor, she can block whomever she wants.  So, I want you all to know that she gets paid a lot of money to sit around and post personal messages to Twitter all day!  Nice!  If that's the case then it is a misuse of government property and time, but  it's not the case.  No, her actions are nothing short of discriminatory and she is in violation of both the Unruh Act and the California Public Records Act.

But you can read for yourself:
Web-Based Communications Policy for the City of San Jose
She can delete the comment, but not the one making the comment.

Sadly, Ms. Adams Hapner's actions tell a much deeper story of how difficult it is for one to even approach their local representatives and discuss the issue of wage theft.  She basically told me to get over being a victim of wage theft in the arts.  To me that is unacceptable.