Reporters are often the ones calling for open records and open meetings. But in Berkeley, 30 people showed up at a community meeting to discuss opening up city government there, according to a story by Judith Scherr in the Berkeley Daily Planet. People wanted more access to police records, more time to talk to City Council members at regular meetings and information about lawsuits the city intends to settle before they go to council for a vote, among other things. Those attending the meeting included journalist Peter Sussman, who pointed out “… the people who decide what you should know are the very people about whom you’re trying to get information … So we’re leaving the fox in charge of the chicken coop.” Council member Kriss Worthington, who called the meeting, plan to compile the suggestions and turn them over to a volunteer attorney attorney experienced in drafting sunshine ordinances, according to the Daily Planet.
Berkeley residents push for open records
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