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Councilmember Garcia Seeks to Make Elected Officials’ Calendars Public and Available Online
Councilmember Garcia's goal is "more transparent government"

Councilmember Garcia Seeks to Make Elected Officials’ Calendars Public and Available Online

 October 16, 2009

 Long Beach - Councilmember Robert Garcia has introduced legislation to begin the process of making Councilmembers’ public calendars available online, and inviting other elected officials – City Attorney, City Prosecutor, City Auditor, and the Mayor – to make their calendars available as well.

 “We need more transparency in government, which is why I’ve made my calendar available online since my first day in office,” said Garcia. “There is technology out there that would make this process easy and convenient for both the elected official and the public.”

 Councilmembers Gary DeLong and Schipske are co-sponsoring the legislation.

 The motion will ask the City manager to study the technological approaches and cost of making Councilmembers’ calendars public and available online 24 hours a day.

 The City of San Jose enacted such a requirement in 2007, and it remains the law there.

 San Jose makes the calendars of all elected officials visible online for the public.  Scheduled or official meetings related to official business are required to be posted for public view, giving constituents a better understanding of how and for what purpose their elected representatives are conducting themselves and spending their time on the public payroll.

 “This is a great step towards more openness and accountability,” said Garcia. “I hope my colleagues will support it, and am hopeful that all of our city’s elected officials will use the system.”

 ouncilmember Garcia has made his calendar available online since his first day in office at robertgarcia.com.