City Council Meeting Speaking Policies
Interesting idea from a letter writer in today's Eureka Reporter: Should residents of a city have precedence over non- residents in addressing their city council? Maybe they should. A timely issue since a couple e-mails went out recently over some left wing e-mail lists I subscribe to. They asked supporters to show up at Eureka City Council meetings dealing with the Balloon Tract and voice their opposition to private development there.
That said, Eureka is the county seat. Does that entitle everyone in the county to have a say in what transpires with the Balloon Tract? I don't know. Perhaps someone from outside the city might submit some unique bit of wisdom on the issue no one thought of before? Unlikely, but the idea of limiting comments to just residents of a given jurisdiction makes some sense. After all, we don't let Fortuna residents vote on Eureka tax issues, do we? Still, the exclusionary nature of this suggestion rubs me the wrong way.
Might many of the people from outside Eureka who end up showing up for these council meetings also support banning campaign contributions from non- local corporations in local elections? Hmmm...