Poll: How Transparent Is the City Council?

Despite the state suspending the requirement that cities publish their public agendas, the Redwood City city council will still comply with the law.

The Brown Act was created in 1953 to create more transparency between the public and local city and county agencies in California. Municipalities were required to post public agendas 72 hours before the meeting and have to report on closed sessions.

But last week, the state suspended this requirement to allow municipalities to save money. The Redwood City city council and , however, said they are and will adhere to the same requirements.

Yet, sometimes the 72-hour rule doesn’t seem enough.

During the at the July 9 city council meeting, some residents stated that posting the agenda on Friday for the Monday meeting in general doesn’t give groups enough time to organize comments.

Therefore, the city councilmembers can—and did—receive residents’ comments up until 5 p.m., just two hours before the city council meeting when they were supposed to make a decision regarding the 9-unit development.

Do you think the city council is transparent enough in all its decisions?


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Buck Shaw July 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
"You'll have to Pass it. So you can read it."
Stacie Chan July 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The poll is up! Please vote on the council's transparency.
billyjames July 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Stacie, First, I have great confidence in my city council. But since I do not know what they might have said or done that they might not have told us about, it is illogical to expect me to have an opinion as to whether they're telling us everything! Duh...
Buck Shaw July 18, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Really Gov. Moonbeam. To save money? Next you'll tell me its because of the printing costs in 15 different languages. I don't often agree with the City Council. But they have my upmost respect for doing things right reguardless. But MMB act is one of the great Sword of Damocles if you will, reminding the City Council that we're here.
Susan Swope July 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Anyone can sign up to receive the Redwood City Council's Agendas by e-mail on Fridays when they are posted. You can also receive the minutes of Council meetings via e-mail. All business considered by the Council (except personnel and litigation issues) must be discussed in a public meeting and so are in the posted materials. The results of Closed Sessions are also made public. The meetings are open and, if you can't attend, are televised. Seems pretty transparent to me. I'm pleased that the City Council plans to continue with these practices despite being released from the requirement by the State.(Funny that Brown is setting aside part of the Brown Act.)


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