City Council Study Session Prompts Revision to Emeryville Public Notice & Accountability Initiative

On Monday, October 23, 2012  A revised “notice of intent to circulate a petition” was filed with the Emeryville City Clerk. The Emeryville Public Notice & Accountability Initiative Ballot Measure was revised and submitted based on feedback and comments from City Staff at the October 16, 2012 Study Session. The revisions will delay the signature gathering effort for about 15 days. The City Attorney will have to prepare another title and summary, which is supposed to be impartial. The need to submit a revised initiative will cost about $500. A copy of the Initiative is below

REVISED INITIATIVE WITH HIGHLIGHTED CHANGES

At the October 16th City Council meeting City Clerk Karen Hemphill, shown in the below photo, exaggerated every aspect of the impact of the proposed Initiative. The video of the Study Session is provided below. Some of the comments were useful, and they were incorporated in the revision.

Hemphill complained, the City is already providing most of the information mandated by the initiative. While it’s true voter mandates can be a problem, The right to be informed should be a mandate. Where would we be without the freedom of information act, or the Brown Act. The Initiative uniquely requires specific email notification to affected parties. Something very simple, and inexpensive. However, the lack of such notification could be a disaster to those who are impacted. The city has a history of failing to notify affected property and business owners.without the slightest concern.   Most neighboring cities have similar, more comprehensive. ordinances in place.

Copies of similar ordinances in a few other cities are available below.

SAN FRANCISCO SUNSHINE ORDINANCE

BERKELEY OPEN GOVERNMENT ORDINANCE

BENECIA OPEN GOVERNMENT ORDINANCE

MILPITAS OPEN GOVERNMENT ORDINANCE

BACKGROUND- For more details on the local crisis which fostered the creation of the ballot initiative as well as the Emeryville Property Owners Association. Please read an earlier post about the North Hollis Underground Utility District.

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City Council Study Session Prompts Revision to Emeryville Public Notice & Accountability Initiative — 1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this post. I don’t know a large number of links to forums but my friends seem to be able to spend a lot of time on them that’s for sure.