The mayor is asking city council to change the rules relating to how an item gets placed on a city council agenda.
Basically he wants any item that a city council member wants on the agenda to have the signature of at least two city council members.
This language would continue to be part of the ordinance:
Adequate Back-up For Agenda Items. All submissions from City Council Representatives
and the Mayor must be accompanied by adequate back-up to provide the council members, public
and City staff with sufficient information to ascertain the details of the topic and action that will
be requested. The City Clerk will not post an item on the agenda if the request for submission is
not accompanied by a fully completed “Agenda Summary” in the form provided by the City Clerk.
The Agenda Summary shall be the minimum amount of back-up acceptable.
The “Agenda Summary” is the mechanism they use to get around disclosing details if they don’t want to.
The ordinance says that the summary is the minimum amount of back-up acceptable.
The summary does not tell us much. The very agenda item that contemplates the proposed changes has this agenda summary:
In other words they don’t really have to let us look at the legal and business documents relating to an agenda item.
They just need to file a form that says something like “We plan to take some action relating to doing something”.
We deserve better