Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Night's City Council Meeting


"Just tried to watch the meeting. No broadcast - the 'streamer stopped streaming.'" - comment

You're going to have to tell me what happened last night because I missed it. Work got in the way, but I couldn't even watch a little bit of it on my cellphone because KGEM was having one of their special moments. They do have a nice new site and all, but at their technological core bad things still happen.

There was a good comment last night about the City Manager's difficulties grasping the concept of transparency. It is related to the previous meeting's browbeating of the City Clerk by the dude portion of the City Council.

After 100 plus years, the council is considering to switch from narrative minutes to action minutes of the city council meetings. This means that you will only be able to read the motions and their results for the council meetings, not the discussion or audience comments. They say it is to save time for the city clerk who would ordinarily spend several hours doing narrative minutes. It so means you would have to go to the tape itself to get a feel and information of an issue being discussed. So much for increased transparency, as Elaine likes to brag about. 

To be able to know what went on at a meetings months before, and not know exactly what meeting it was, you'll have to watch tapes of several meetings to be able to pinpoint what meeting it was, and the discussion that led up to the decision. Take my word for it, I've had experience of looking at city council action minutes before since some cities are doing them, and it isn't easy or fun. 

The rest is going to have to come from you.

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18 comments:

  1. Too true. I can't tell you how many times the video of a meeting has "disappeared" so I can't watch it, but the written minutes have always been available at the library. It's a great way to control the narrative.

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  2. A few years ago the city manager switched to action minutes with the Planning Commission. Information lost and Commissioners well argued points just deleated. It is not the way to go! Pay the city clerk and let her do her job. Like the picture of the horse the city manager needs to be "reigned in"

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  3. So the horse has no clothes? The reduction in transparency has been cooked up by people in 'League of California Cities' an COG - 'Council Of Government's' a confederation of local SGV cities banding together solve their common problems, meaning people who ask to many questions they can not answer honestly. How to stop them along with not providing any trace of illegal activities for the public to use against them in public meeting or law enforcement actions. Your tax dollars at work, against you!

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    1. You have to wonder what they are doing that needs hiding.

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  4. As long as the meeting is easily available in its entirety, I think it's okay to have action minutes. But our meetings are not easily available in their entirety.

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  5. The meeting is still not up on the web.

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  6. 1:04 and no meeting available online.

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  7. I was sure happy to see that the planning commission institutional zone code changes were approved by the city council last night.

    John Hutt was brilliant in answering the council member’s questions about the code changes. These changes will be extremely helpful in preserving our town and protecting it from predator developers. Thank you Planning Commissioners.

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    1. Glad to hear it, 2:50. Thanks for posting - I still have not been able to see the meeting.

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  8. BofA robbed again today
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Sierra-Madre-Bank-Robber-Sought-380884221.html

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    1. Bank of the West.

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    2. I've heard that one of the tellers had to be taken to the hospital.

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  9. I will not vote for Horse In Suit.
    I will vote for Pig In Pants.

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    1. Goat In A Boat
      http://1funny.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/goat-boat.jpg

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    2. https://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/GOAT-IN-A-SUIT-1-1306959118.jpg

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  10. Did you see Elaine robbed the bank today? Seems even after the UUT the city is hard up for cash.

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    1. The get away car was a red Mercedes Benz.

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  11. Remind me again - how much do we pay our police to patrol 3 square miles?

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