Michael Clark begins his article, “Langford: Who reset deadling on Bader?”, thus:
Langford now wants to know specific details surrounding a vote to extend a deadline for developers to bid on the 143-acre city-owned parcel. The Jan. 14 deadline was pushed back more than six months last week after officials learned the property garnered no offers.
More importantly, Atlantic City residents deserve to know the details of what is being done with their parcel of land.
Mr Langford asked three questions in a memo to City Council:
When and where did the meeting take place? Who was in attendance? How did each member vote?
Mr. Langford’s question are spot on point. Not only should the Mayor be answered, but the Mayor should share these answers with the people.
This episode is yet another reason why transparency is needed in City Government. Information, such as meeting details, requests for proposals, government contracts, and government salaries should be posted on the City’s web-site. The web-site is leaps and bounds beyond what it once was. Yet the web-site is under-used with regard to transparency.
Atlantic City’s stigma of corruption lingers. Things smell bad with regard to the form in which Bader Field is being handled, e.g. tele-meetings. Placing public information on the web-site is a tangible way to reduce corruption. I will continue to fight for transparency in city government, using the city’s web-site.