Thursday, March 24, 2011

APS' Open Meetings Resolution

Once a year or when new board members take their seats, the board reviews and approves its open meetings policy.

More enlightened politicians and public servants are recognizing the need for adequate agenda posting, and are passing legislation requiring agendas to be posted three days before the meeting, and more.

The APS School Board's new policy; 24 hours; same as always.

The truth is they often don't publish agendas and minutes in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. You would have to sue them before they would even acknowledge their failures.

Though it is their long past practice to post agendas on their website; their new policy doesn't really require them to. Once you follow all the "or"s, opposed to "and or"s, all they really have to do is tape it underneath a desk drawer somewhere in their castle keep at 6400 Upyours Blvd.

Take the time to read it, link. You will find a huge disconnect
the transparency they award each other for, and the transparency that they actually provide.

Open Government Lawyer, Dixon "hero of transparency" Award winner, NM Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors Member Marty Esquivel has apparently failed to overcome the opposition on the Board to offer interest holders any improved transparency.

The vote will be test for the new Board Members Kathy Korte and Analee Maestas.

With their votes, they will pick a side in the fight over any real transparent accountability in the leadership of the APS.

I wonder if they know that. I'll tell them. They were cc'd
upon posting. Their mettle is to be tested.

They will vote at a Special Board Meeting at 7:30 in the morning,
the agenda was published today; expect public attendance to be light. I would go, but Marty Esquivel says he will arrest me,
if I don't first kiss his ring.

Right, like that's ever going to happen.

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