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Thursday, July 31, 2008|I agree with Mr. Francis that we need to extend the opportunity to other San Diegans to participate. But one of the worst feelings is when committee and board reports are ignored and just shelved. We put in a lot of work to propose these changes.
Also, the public needs more accurate information. The Redevelopment Agency docket has no dollar amount, but the City Council docket lists well over $50 million in monetary exchanges. I requested that the city council have a summary chart with more specific information added to the docket. How can we know what is really going on unless we have the basic facts? And why should we have to study for hours through the previous material to get those basics? I am thankful, though, that this material is now available online, unlike in the past.
It shouldn’t be so difficult to participate and get information on what is going on at City Hall. Like Mr. Francis said, it shouldn’t just be the politically connected who serve on boards. Make your money while working, not while “volunteering”. And don’t mix business with public purpose unless you’re registered as a lobbyist, but who’s even checking that list?
Thank you for keeping us informed and your hard investigative work!