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Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: State Disciplinary Actions Against Professionals

by June 9th, 2010

Yesterday on our regular weekly Public Data Ferret segment on KOMO 1000 radio in Seattle, the subject was how to check out businesses and professionals with state licensing authorities to ensure their legitimacy. Here’s the original Ferret write-up on the Washington State Department of Licensing’s disciplinary actions database. And here’s the audio of the radio segment. The transcript follows.

Brian Calvert: “Before you choose your next realtor, your next driving school, your next notary, you just may just want to do some homework. Matt Rosenberg of communityforums.org joins us, that’s where you can use their feature The Public Data Ferret, and it sounds like the Public Data Ferret came across a link to help us check out some key backgrounds.”

Matt Rosenberg: “That’s right. Good morning Brian and Nancy. Most professional service providers are honest and hard-working, but you want to sidestep the bad eggs. And the State of Washington makes that easier to do. The Department of Licensing online compendium of disciplinary actions tells who’s had their license revoked, or who’s had their license application shelved, for how long and why. They cover several dozen speciality professions, and real estate salespeople, it seems, do the darndest things. I’ll give you some examples here. One in Bellevue concealed convictions for residential burglary and attempted theft. One in Edmonds failed twice to deliver earnest money as required. One in Federal Way sold a property with a history of mold. One in Arlington forged documents and failed to run commissions through her broker. Uh, it goes on and on, and licenses were revoked anywhere from nine months to ten years in these cases. Then we’ve got driving instructors.”

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Washington State Race Horse Fatalities

by June 2nd, 2010

Today during the weekly Public Data Ferret radio installment on KOMO 1000 news radio Seattle, we talked about a recent report released on race horse fatalities in Washington state. The original Ferret write up of the report is here.

Last year, there were 16 racing-related fatalities among 6,058 starts reported in 815 races on 91 race days at the state’s sole for-profit horse racing facility, Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA.

The audio of today’s radio discussion is here. The transcript follows.

Brian Calvert: “The state has just released an interesting report on racing injuries and deaths, and how to prevent them. Matt Rosenberg of communityforums.org is with us, where you can use their feature, the Public Data Ferret. And Matt, the Public Data Ferret actually came across a report that deals with horse racing injuries.”

Matt Rosenberg: “We did. Everyone loves a day at the horse races, but if you’ve ever seen a horse take a tumble, and the trailer come to haul them away, you’ve gotta wonder if the horse will survive. So, how often do racing-related horse fatalities occur in our state, and how can they be prevented? It turns out that the Washington Horse Racing Commission monitors that, and they’ve recently released their ‘Equine Safety And Health Report for 2009.’ Now, on the upside, more than 997 out of every 1,000 starts by a racehorse last year in Washington state, at our pre-eminent track, Emerald Downs in Auburn, did not result in a fatality. But on the down side, the racing-related fatality rate per 1000 starts at Emerald Downs reached its highest level yet in 2009, of 2.64.”

Nancy Barrick: “And as you look at these figures, what are you seeing as far as the main problems, the biggest risks for these horses?”

Matt Rosenberg: “Well, they say that muscolo-skeletal injuries are really the big thing. Over eight years that they’ve been keeping track of the data, there’ve been 268 race horse fatalities in Washington state, and seven out of every ten have been caused by injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones.”

Brian Calvert: “So Matt, did the report also issue some recommendations perhaps , to prevent these serious injuries or the deaths to the racehorses?”

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Police Misconduct In Seattle

by May 19th, 2010

Today during my regular weekly radio segment on Seattle-based KOMO 1000 about the work of the Public Data Ferret project, I spoke with “Nine2Noon” show co-anchors Brian Calvert and Nancy Barrick about a report from the Seattle Police Department’s independent watchdog office on police misconduct in 2009. Police misconduct – and excessive force – are hot topics here lately after a recent incident now being investigated. Here’s the original Ferret write-up of the 2009 police misconduct report report, which along with other finds of ours from government sites is indexed by jurisdiction and subject at our Public Data Ferret database. Here’s the audio of today’s Ferret radio. The full transcript follows.