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Spectrum - May 3, 2013

New committees undermine transparency

Ad hoc council committees may fulfill mayor's wish for more efficiency, but they threaten the public's right to fully participate

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff has just a year as the ceremonial head of the City Council, but in just four months he has made some changes that are rankling some of his colleagues and should also concern members of the public.

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Posted by Innovative
a resident of Barron Park
on May 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Quote article: "Council committees are not a new mechanism for addressing important issues, but they will only be effective if their membership is not manipulated by the mayor to achieve his or her personal goals, and only if they take their direction from the full City Council."

Let's start with this question: The public's right to participate? What about the council's right to participate? The citizens did not elect an/a (apparently self appointed ?) "committee".

The hype around transparency has truly been "hype",
but isn't that why we have three City of Palo Public Relations managers for the city now?

Why would anyone expect "Son of Klein"to be a source of democracy?
Evidently the historical lessons learned are that you can dominate council... Scharff just hasn't learned to be subtle. He's only reflecting the arm of council he grew up on -
We'll decide, and we'll let you know.


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