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Editorial: Changing the culture at City Hall

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.

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Open-government task force delivers report to Santa Rosa council

A report on ways to create a more open government in Santa Rosa was welcomed by the City Council, though quick action on its recommendations is unlikely.

The report of the city’s Open Government Task Force was the final item presented to the outgoing City Council on Tuesday. That means implementation of its suggestions, including passing a sunshine ordinance and hiring a communications director, will fall to the new council, which will revisit the issue in February.

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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.

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