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Democracy in our representative form of government requires that the public have an opportunity to understand the government's activities and to communicate its concerns to its elected and appointed representatives, and that those representatives have an adequate opportunity to consider those concerns and then act effectively and in a timely manner. This article codifies the city's public policy concerning participation in the deliberations of the city's policy bodies, and clarifies and supplements the Brown Act. It is an affirmation of good government; and a continued commitment to open and democratic procedures. It is an effort to expand our residents' knowledge, participation and trust. As procedures of government change and evolve, so also must the laws designed to guarantee the process remains visible.
(Ord. No. 2948)