As I wrote Wednesday, Geni Cavitt of liberal Democrat Marti Emerald’s Council office issued a press release letting the world know that a “Citizen’s Advisory Council” to the Councilwoman endorsed a new taxpayer funded downtown library and city hall over the weekend. Great. The problem? No one seems to know who is on this “Advisory Council”, and one would think that if they are important enough to meet with a representative from the Mayor’s office, merit a press release asking the taxpayers to dish out millions of dollars during a recession, and apparently speak for the whole of the 7th District, they would be important enough to reveal their names to the public.
It’s been a day since this came to my attention. According to my sources on the Council Floor Emerald’s office is well aware that this is an issue (turns out Emerald is a reader… all the better). So let’s just lay out what would be fair:
Who is on this community advisory council?
How were they chosen?
Who do they speak for?
Why aren’t these meetings public?
Who was at the Saturday meeting the release writes about?
The release mentions a vote – what was the vote and how did the participants vote?
Thanks, Marti. I know you support open government so you’ll be issuing a release with that information today, I’m sure. Thank the Lord for the Troubleshooter.