In a blatant post-election anti-transparency move, the City administration is proposing actual censorship at BMA meetings. Aldermen in the minority on issues will be effectively censored from voicing objections to certain measures if a proposed resolution is passed in the BMA meeting tonight. Currently, items that are considered routine are all put in a consent agenda, and voted on as a group, with no discussion. All five aldermen must agree before items put to a vote are placed in the consent agenda. Proposed Resolution 19R05 changes all that, and votes of only three of the five aldermen are able to place items in the consent agenda. Take a look:
Items that have ANY objection by ANY aldermen are by definition not routine. The people can judge from the ensuing discussion if aldermen attempt to put routine items in the regular agenda. Relabeling the consent agenda as the preliminary agenda is nothing but a ploy.
This is a blatant attack on transparency. The people do NOT want sanitized meetings, we want open discussion of each item if there are any objections by any of the aldermen.
Aldermen, PLEASE do not pass this measure.
Wonder what else the citizens will have to endure next?