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Atlantic City Should Mimic Boston

   I have brought up on multiple occasions to City Council, both in and out of their public meetings, that the full text of proposed ordinances on the City Council agenda should be posted on the Internet prior to the meeting.   The City Clerk has said that this is too much work for her office.   City Council has not placed a priority on increasing transparency.

   Boston’s City Council passed a transparency act, reports PolitickerMA

The Boston City Council passed a proposal on Wednesday that would require the all city commissions and boards to post their membership, meetings, agendas and minutes online for public consumption. The proposal was introduced by Councilor Sam Yoon and sought to make city government more transparent. It passed unanimously. “Today’s vote is a common sense first step toward government that answers to the people, not to prosecutors’ indictments,” Yoon, of Dorchester, said in a statement. “We should use the internet to bring City Hall out in the open and make it more accountable.”
We agree with Yoon and the rest of Boston’s City Council.   There is currently some, but enough transparency in City Government.   Citizens should not have to pay OPRA (Open Public Records Act) fees everytime they want an answer to where and how their money is being spent.   The Internet is a great tool.   Atlantic City government should use it more than they currently are.

About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “Atlantic City Should Mimic Boston

  1. Love the idea. It will never get done. End of story.

    Posted by saywhat | December 19, 2008, 8:32 pm
  2. Love the idea. The citizens should DEMAND it. But I, for one, am not prepared to stand ALONE against corruption, nepotism and brutal retaliation against any opposition. It will never get done.

    Posted by TiredOfCorruption | December 21, 2008, 11:11 am

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