Reinvigorate public engagement with local government by adopting new strategies that
encourage and enable residents to play a more meaningful and participatory role
in City decision-making and in envisioning the future of our community; by adopting
City Council meeting procedures that adhere to the highest levels of free
expression and governmental responsiveness and accountability; and by
instituting transparent accountability processes that ensure that all City programs
are regularly evaluated for measurable effectiveness and impact.
Improve the quality of our democracy by reducing the corrupting influence of private
special-interest money in local elections; by instituting campaign finance
reforms, potentially to include public funding of campaigns; and by making it
more possible for working-class and lower-income residents to serve in elected
or appointed offices.