Santa Clara County supervisors consider proposal to publish calendars online

From San Jose Mercury News:  Six years after San Jose required its elected officials and key staff to post their public calendars online, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is poised to enact its own policy on Tuesday. But open-government advocates and even some supervisors say it's an essentially toothless policy proposal that needs to be rewritten.


More importantly, critical information about board members' county-related appointments — including the dates and the names, titles, affiliated organizations of those attending the meetings and a general statement of the topic of the meeting — would only be recorded voluntarily or "encouraged," but not required to be posted by the supervisors in their online calendars.

That has left open-government advocates questioning the point of having such a policy at all.

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Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, argued that instead of adopting something that really doesn't mean anything, each supervisor should pledge on the record at Tuesday's meeting that they would agree to adhere to a requirement to post all county-related appointments and relevant information.


First Amendment Coalition is a member of NFOIC. –eds.