“The bucks stops at the City Manager’s desk.”
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA – The City breached its pledge to the community to provide public access to videos of Council Meetings. A friendly call earlier this week to the City Clerk’s Office resulted in being informed that the video would be up within 48 hours.
That expired Thursday. Today is Friday. The City is dark. Dark until Tuesday, January 17.
Some will believe there is a conspiracy of some sort or a stealth abuse of power somewhere up the line on the part of a scheming city official. Others may believe it is just a careless oversight.
It doesn’t matter because the outcome as a whole directly and negatively impacts the entire community having “delayed access” to the public video.
What matters is the community is actually concerned about its millions of dollars of Bond debt and how the pie is sliced and distributed. Free speech take a severe blow in the groins because people are being delayed from public access to one of the most important issues facing this community.
The bucks stops at the City Manager’s desk. A message was left on Richard Warne’s cell phone (previously provided by Mr. Wayne). This contributor identified himself and left a message. The call was not returned.
Hard to make a good call on why this video is being inexplicably blocked from the Video Site — even though the contents of the video is one of the most costly issues facing the property owners’ and one of the important issues before the public.
Careless oversight or stealth abuse of power?
City Council likely had a good intentions when they voted to put up videos of City Council meetings on their Video Site within 48 hours after meetings. How many Councilmen will follow up on this? Many in the community believe the so-called “Playhouse Five” have isolated themselves akin to government elitists who are protected by their advisers?
As I recall, one prior 29 City Councilman very recently (officially) broke the news to the City Manager (and his two attorneys at his side advising him) that the city has an image problem.
This intentionally or negligent delay is going to be seen by many as another gap in public trust or a vacancy in public relations.
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