DON’T EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC FROM PUBLIC MEETINGS
A well-known chairman of a city committee once said: “The problem with public meetings is the Public shows up” — and he wasn’t kidding: its a lot easier not to have pesky citizens looking over your shoulder.
That seems to be the sentiment at city hall lately under the guise of “information gathering” — but that’s a red herring, because gathering actionable information is a primary reason for holding regularly scheduled and properly advertised meetings.
Citizens deserve to have full access, so they may monitor performance of their representatives and ensure compliance with laws and regulations; city employees prefer to do things by the book too, because their jobs may be at stake.
Televising and live-streaming meetings online only to continue them after the cameras go off (or before they go on) isn't being transparent, its deliberate deception.
Nothing short of full transparency will do; sunshine is still the best disinfectant.