Texting During Council Meetings (and in the Library)
Posted by Comments (11)on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Anyone who’s watched an open meeting of City Council will have seen council members fiddle with their iPhones and Blackberries to check their latest emails or text messages. Councilmember Sam Liccardo now argues that those messages should be disclosed to the public as part of the city’s policy on open governance.
“Council meetings are open to the public for a reason,” Liccardo says, “and if we’re voting on a matter and outside groups are using private means to communicate with us about how we should or shouldn’t vote, the public ought to know what’s being said and who’s saying it.”
The issue, which is not currently covered by city ordinances, could come up for debate as early as today’s City Council meeting. Perhaps that would be a good time to text your representatives and let them know whether or not you support the proposal.
Read More at KLIV.
Speaking of texting: It happens all the time. You’re stuck in a bar debating (1) who won the Second Battle of Vicksburg, (2) what were the names of the Seven Dwarfs, or (3) whether it really can rain cats and dogs. San Jose residents now have a simple way to find the answer, and it’s free of charge.
No, not Wikipedia.
All they have to do is text 66746, followed by AskSJ, and a professional librarian from the city’s public libraries or San Jose State University will text them back the answer. Questions can be texted 24/7, though unlike Wikipedia, libraries have set hours, so you’ll only get your answer between 1 and 6 pm. And there are some questions that even the best librarian can’t answer, such as: Where can I find a place to park, so that I can pop into the library and look up the answer myself?
Read More at KCBS.
1: General Robert E. Lee.
2: Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy.
3: Not cats and dogs, but it can rain frogs and fish.
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