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Please pull D1: Committees and Commissions

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 16:20:14 -0800

Dear Council,

I suggest that you pull item D1: Commissions/Committees from tonight's
agenda so that this policy can have more public input -- especially from
those currently serving. I would hold at least two "listening" sessions
where those serving (and those who have served) can come and give their
input regarding suggested changes to the roles. Council could walk around
listening. You would supplement these sessions with a short survey. Let me
know how I can be of help. I would be happy to come back with a more
formal, short proposal on this topic.

Many of the MP commissions are very staff directed -- with the staff even
preparing the quarterly updates to Council (or wanting to prepare them).

It's time to collect feedback into how the Commission/Committee roles could
be more meaningful for the residents serving. The role also needs to better
protect the public good and become a place where the public can provide
meaningful input. The MP staff reports also do not customarily go through a
commission/committee before they go to Council. This illustrates one major
problem with our current commissions and why so many of their agendas
feature items of routine business only along with items in the
Informational category. You would see higher quality staff reports if staff
first had their reports reviewed by at least one Commission before the
report went to Council. The residents serving would also be much better
informed with this change.

Even the Planning Commission could be evolved so that it actually did more
planning rather than just approve (or disapprove) projects.

The Library Commission is supposed to follow California State law
<http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&division=1.&title=1.&part=11.&chapter=5.&article=2.>.
It does not currently. I've writen our City Attorney about this matter
before but not heard back from him regarding the need for the LC to follow
California State Law.

Residents in Belle Haven also object to the idea of combining the Library
Commission with the Belle Haven Library Advisory Committee. Their voices
should be listened to in a public meeting rather than accepting a
staff-driven decision to merge the two groups.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue Mar 05 2019 - 16:17:07 PST

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