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San Francisco ballot initiative would require all public meetings be livestreamed

April 25, 2015

Grassroots Actions

By Dan Raile:pando – excerpt

This morning at the San Francisco’s Department of Elections, in the basement of City Hall, a ballot initiative was submitted that would change the way residents interact with their government. The first of its kind measure would compel the City to livestream all public meetings (those at City Hall and those offsite), would allow the public to submit virtual testimony during those meetings, and would force the City to make concrete time schedules for the hearing of agenda items that generate demonstrate a high level of public interest.

“This proposal would open up government for thousands,” said San Franciscans for Open Government President David Lee, who submitted the initiative. “With technologies like Skype and Facetime and Periscope demonstrating that this can be done affordably, this makes sense. It will provide more accountability, transparency and access for citizens.”

The press conference, attended by a…

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