Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Credit where credit is due

Congratulations to Mike Ross and the City Council for taking a step in the direction of transparency.

We still have a long ways to go, most importantly in obeying and strengthening open meeting laws. The City Council's own guidelines describe a way in which 6 councilors can talk to their hearts content in private about an issue, then each of those 6 can talk to another 6 to make sure that an issue is fully vetted before the public has any clue what they are up to. In a truly transparent city this would never be tolerated.

Another example is having the "green" sheets and the late files posted, and rules changes that only allow for emergency late files especially when it comes to monetary matters. However, thanks to the efforts of many the City of Boston is hopefully working toward a more transparent government.

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