I noted on the agenda for the June 28 council meeting this Tuesday, that the meeting is being held in the Brackett Room in City Hall, rather than in Council Chambers, where council meetings are typically held. Since the video equipment that allows for the taping of the meetings is located in Council Chambers, this means that the meeting will not be televised.
Many Edmonds citizens watch council meetings on Channel 21, rather than attending the meeting, or reading the meeting minutes. If the meeting is not televised, this means that all those citizens who would like to view the three-hour work session on the levy will be unable to do so.
I request that Council President Strom Peterson do whatever is necessary to make sure that the meeting is held, as usual, in Council Chambers. It is important that all citizens who wish to watch this council meeting, or any other, are able to do so. Please do not restrict citizen access by holding the council meeting in the Brackett Room.
Transparency in city government starts with as many ways as possible, for as many citizens as possible, to obtain the information that they need to make decisions, such as on the proposed property-tax levy.