If I were running for local office, I’d promise an new city ordinance that required:
1. All public meeting notices, agendas, and meeting documents must be placed online at the same time they are distributed to elected officials.
2. All public meetings must be digitally recorded (audio is fine) and placed online within 24 hours of the meeting. Council meetings must also be webcast live.
3. An official e-petitioning system that can force the council to discuss certain issues at a certain threshold and take public comment.
4. All ethnics and campaign finaces disclosures must be posted online.
5. Any e-mail/public document sent to a quorum of elected officials by city staff must automatically must be posted online automatically.
6. Every council member will be supported with a combined e-mail news/blog tool for use in governance (that may not be used for election purposes and is transfer to the next council member (assuming districts).
7. Detailed government spending information posted online on a monthly basis (not just proposed budget or government staff salaries (which
the media tends to gather a post)).
8. Require every e-mail received by the city to be confirmed with a copy of what was received, given a tracking number, and be responded
to within two weeks.
9. Create a system for the public to comment on public meeting agenda items (stay tuned!).
10. Add a city presence on popular social networking sites.
11. Set up e-mail alerts about new content online and personalized keyword and geographic relevancy trackers so people can get timely notification of information that matters to them.
12. Real-time police blotter and e-alerts.
What would you add?
The best way to see your local government to do any of these things is get candidates to promise them before the votes are cast!