City money and power belong to the people. Yet there are many local government corporations like Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, Management Districts, and Redevelopment Authorities that aren’t easily accessible to the public, even though they make decisions that directly affect us. They often meet during hours when most of us are working, and not all make their agendas and decisions readily known to the public. The same goes for committees, boards, and commissions in the city. We must reform this. They need to meet when the public can be there, and they need to make a better effort to gather community input and communicate their decisions. I would advocate for:
- Local government corporations like Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, Management Districts, Redevelopment Authorities, and city board and commission meetings to be recorded and live-streamed.
- A city ordinance requiring these meetings to be held after 5 PM on weekdays or on weekends to allow working folks a chance to attend.
- Meeting agendas, meeting recordings, and meeting minutes to be posted on an updated and maintained website.
- Allow citizens to comment on agenda items and participate via the internet.