Things might get better.
The Tuesday, February 23, 2016 city council meeting has this agenda item on it:
Discussion and action regarding amending City Council rules of order to prohibit the use of personal electronic devices during the City Council meetings and executive session, banning using any private and/personal electronic device such as computers, cell phones, tablets, and/or any other electronic devices during Mayor City Council meeting and executive session; to include but not limited to ban from texting, tweeting, emailing, blogging, Facebook, Instagram, and/or all social media platforms posting and/or and communication with each other, with individuals or groups attending the meeting, and with individuals and groups anywhere in the world.
Even with the mangled English this looks like a really good thing.
They should also ban passing notes between each other.
Open meetings should be transparent.
Our thanks to representatives Robinson, Acosta, and Noe for placing this item on the agenda.
We deserve better