The Santa Rosa City Council passed a law in September making it easier for large grocery stores to open in a section of the city known as a ‘food desert’ because of the limited access to fresh foods. But last week the City Council quietly rescinded the law.
Santa Rosa is preparing to cut off funding to the Community Media Center of the North Bay, a move that would shut down the nonprofit that since 1997 has broadcast City Council meetings, managed public access channels and provided video editing training to residents.
The Santa Rosa City Council on Monday night selected Robin Swinth, a member of the city’s powerful Board of Public Utilities and a former Agilent Technologies engineer, to fill the remaining two years of Susan Gorin’s council term.
City officials are claiming that they can keep the names of the candidates secret under the “deliberative process exemption.” What possible deliberations will be occurring between now and Wednesday morning?
Here’s a copy of the Public Records Act request that we filed on Thursday afternoon. I’ll let you know what the response is. We hope to be able to report later today on who has filed to fill this vacancy on the Santa Rosa City Council.
Apparently city officials believe that keeping the candidates a secret will somehow protect the integrity of the process. Baloney. How is this not a violation of the California Public Records Act?