I just logged in and read a great reader post on this Emerald Community Group issue. Great job, Thinking Man!
Here is most of it, look it up below if you want the rest:
Of course Marti has the right to create her own advisory groups to get the pulse of the community. In fact, she should create them so she can stay in close touch with what people here are thinking. Over the years I think we’ve all seen public officials set up these groups.
This group is a little different though. First, the group is not public but via the press release she implies the group somehow represents the community on some pretty controversial issues. When this group gets to this level, rather than simply acting as a sounding board, the public has more of an expectation that they should know how the group is formed, who is on it, and when it meets. In essence, this group is becoming an arm of actual representation.
I think Marti compounded the problem in the last day by consulting the city attorney to see if she had to reveal the members of the group rather than simply killing the story, and my interest, by providing the list. Now normal people who generally don’t like ‘gotcha’ politics see smoke, and suspect where there is smoke there is fire.
In particular, the first thought that came into my head is that if she was not willing to reveal the members of her group, there must be a public relations problems with the members.
Is this reasonable?