Seeking government transparency in Santa Rosa

Eight months after it was formed, the city’s Open Government Task Force is putting the finishing touches on recommendations it hopes will make it easier for residents to engage with their government.

The nine-member panel, which was formed in the wake of the death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, found that City Hall needs to restore public trust by being more transparent, engaged with the community and adept at communicating in times of crisis.

Suggestions include hiring a communications director who advocates for openness, adopting a sunshine ordinance that requires city officials to be more transparent than required by state and federal law, and making it easier for residents to participate in City Council meetings. Continue>>>