Ask yourself the following questions: What is going on behind closed doors? Does the video or Internet show both sides of the argument? Don’t we have the right to actually see the council meetings live on television? Why can’t our council meetings be televised like Antioch and other cities have?
The City Council members are trying to get more of our citizens involved in what is going on in our city. When I was campaigning for office, I talked to a lot of people that always asked questions about what is going on in our city. I told them to come to the City Council meetings, voice their opinions and see what is going on. That still did not get more people to our meetings.
Videotaping is not going to do the trick. We need to have televised meetings for the citizens; this way, if the citizens see or hear something that they are interested in and want to say something about the issue, then they have time to contact the council on this issue.
The city has to take the council meetings to the citizens; this should get more citizens interested in what the city is doing and hopefully maybe they will show up at the actual meeting. But the city will need to advertise that the meetings are on TV by advertising in the newspaper, the city marquee, and even use the police message board.
By having the meetings televised live, the citizens can see that nothing is going on behind closed doors. The citizens can see and hear both sides of the arguments. Nothing is left up to guesswork and everything is above board. The citizens should contact your council members and let them know how you feel about having the council meetings televised.
Remember, this is for the betterment of our city; make sure you voice your opinion.