On public hearings: Tell us the reasons why the issue is before the council. Show us trends or graphs whenever possible to give us a real history. If the solution will require taxpayer funds, borrowing or increase in staff, be upfront about it. When presenters finish speaking, ask if they have any evidence to support their opinions.
Oral comments: Those who did not have an opportunity to speak at 7 p.m. can do so now.
Council comments: Don’t use this opportunity to twist a comment by a speaker. Don’t give half-truths or take the opportunity to demean the speakers who cared enough to show up. Build up your thin skin, and give guidance to the staff to follow up on those concerns.
We need major changes and a focus for each month of the year. I’d like to see a month dedicated to crime and safety; I’d like to see another month focusing on traffic, transportation and parking issues; another month dedicated to major issues on conservation, water and electricity, and so on. Give us monthly summary reports on the performance and goals of each department and what new policies should be considered if the trends are negative.