What is a better measure of the pulse of a city than comment time at city council meetings? We can all learn a lot about each other, the sentiments of the public, and the responsiveness of the city through citizen comments. When time allows, I'll recap public comments for those who don't have time to watch. I won't identify people by name. Sometimes, I'll add some information or do a bit of extra leg work to look into claims made.
By the time citizens decide to speak at a city council meeting on a topic of importance, they have usually tried to solve the problem with city staff, and they've also gotten their representatives involved somehow. Sometimes, the solution is complex and time consuming. Most often, if one person is having an issue with something related to the city, it is an indicator that there are more who have the same problem.
Talking about city problems out in the open is not a bad thing. A proactive response from the city and city council is a sign of a healthy government that is open and responsive to changing what does not work. As we grow as a city, we will come across things that don't work and need to be fixed.
We don't need talking points and spin. We are all hopefully grown up enough to know that nothing is all bad or all good all the time.
January 21, 2020 Citizen Pulse
February 4, 2020 Citizen Pulse, Part 1
February 4, 2020 Citizen Pulse, Part 2