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Disappointed by city’s closed-door meetings | Letters | May 29

Many of us were excited that the change of government vote would welcome in a new era of openness and transparency by our elected officials.

It was a rejection of the past’s perceived closed-door access to the decision makers by only select special interest groups

Wasn’t that the main theme of those promoting the change – openness and transparency?

Not so fast.

The ink wasn’t even dry, when most of our council members quickly agreed to and held closed-door, no-public-allowed meetings with just such a special interest group – the Political Action Committee (PAC) Vote Council-Manager ‘09 Group promoting the switch to a manager-council form of government.

The meetings were held at the home of a council-manager campaign member and were broken up into several gatherings to avoid a quorum of council members.

The meetings supposedly focused largely on campaign members’ advice for city staff and the council on what this particular group learned during the campaign.

A special interest group giving “advice” to our elected officials behind closed doors.

Looks like we’re just substituting one privileged special interest group with another.

So much for the new age of openness and transparency. And, the argument that what they learned was “too sensitive” for public exposure just doesn’t wash.

Almost every “sensitive” information brought up, doesn’t the public have a right to know?

If this council is indeed committed to openness and transparency, then start acting like it. Looks like Pogo continues to be right.

Bill Luria

Falk Road

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