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Developing & Using Consistent Agenda-item Terms

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:58:09 -0700

Hello Judi and Starla,

I'm not sure who to write about this topic. I will cc Council so they are
kept informed.

In short, I think it would be helpful to establish definitions for Council
and Commission meeting agenda terms. I'm linking to an example from a
Council meeting in the City of Oakland.
<http://oakland.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=7f69bbdc9ee2f0cdb6fe41e99812ae7e.pdf&view=1>I've
noticed that sometimes Council will have Informational agenda items that
include requests for action by Council. Sometimes their Consent Calendar
items also include topics that would likely have led to more discussion if
residents better understood what the approval of the item would later lead
to. In the MP commissions, I've also seen agenda items under "Regular
Business" that were informational only items where the Commission wasn't
being asked to decide anything.
I think establishing, and then using, consistent terms would be helpful.

For the Commissions, I've also long advocated that the Commission/Committee
agendas mostly focus around meaningful topics -- not routine business or
informational only.

Lynne
Received on Mon Apr 15 2019 - 11:53:54 PDT

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