Tuesday, April 02, 2013

APS just can't seem to lead on open meetings notice

The leadership of the APS would have interest holders believe that they are abundantly transparent.

One measure of transparency of institutions such as the APS is the notice they give on public meeting agendas.  As measures of transparency go, it's a pretty good one.

The institutions who care the most about making sure their constituents are as informed, do more than the law requires; they post their agendas "as built"; as soon as they know it's on the agenda, interest holders know it's on the agenda.

The institutions what care the least, like APS, post the agendas at the last minute allowed by the law.  Witness; there is a school board meeting tomorrow, and the agenda, link, is not yet posted.  I suspect that on the agenda, is discussion and action on their open meetings resolution.

In their open meetings resolution, they declare how they intend to comply with the law.  They will declare their intention offer 72 hours notice as required by law.

The law changed recently, thanks to Rep Jim Smith and Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, who jointly sponsored legislation requiring 72 hours of notice on public meeting agendas.

It is such a simple thing to do, one has to wonder why the board strained so long and so hard to finally offer such a simple accommodation of the interests of the community members they serve.  Why take the PR burn for such apparent insensitivity to meeting goers; except to give dissidence as little opportunity as possible,to coalesce.

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face, wikilink

photo Mark Bralley

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