I see the folks down at City Hall are again in the news for meeting in secret. The latest is when the City Council, at the behest of Mayor Jenny Durkan, suddenly realized that their unanimously passed head tax was in fact pretty much unanimously loathed. So rather than convene to consider what to do […]
Santa Rosa residents want to be heard. They want to have a say at City Hall.
That’s clearer than ever to anyone who observed the Mayor’s Open Government Task Force, which spent about seven months listening to local citizens and studying other communities before delivering an action plan to the City Council on Tuesday.
Rarely is the term 'city hall' considered synonymous with the words 'innovation' or 'efficiency.' Too often, the public image of municipal government is of a static bureaucracy staffed with disinterested clock-watchers focused on petty tasks and arcane processes. But two Harvard authorities on government and technology say it doesn't have to be that way.