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San Bernardino City Council explores policy procedures for written public comments

On October 7, San Bernardino City Council discussed issues in regard to recent written public comments from constituents, not receiving adequate time and opportunity to be heard. Since the start of COVID-19, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 to allow public members to observe and submit public comments through teleconference or other electronic means or combinations thereof. The issue lies in a space where not every constituent has access to teleconference methods, while many constituents rely on writing a letter or email to be read during public comment, via a council-member or city staff…but allegedly, it has become time consuming. “At the September 16, 2020 Mayor and City Council meeting, after considerable discussion regarding whether or not public comments submitted to the Mayor or individual Council Members should be read aloud by staff or elected officials, the City Clerk was directed to bring an item before the City Council to consider a policy regarding the reading of written comments,” said City Clerk Genoveva Rocha. “In keeping with best practices, staff recommends no written public comments should be read into the record. In the alternative, all…

City of Colton earns top finance award

At the recent City Council meeting this month the city’s Finance Department was recognized for being awarded an official “Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a national oversight agency with the mission of advancing excellence in public finance. This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by local government and its management.  The specific basis for this award was the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.  The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story with total transparency. The GFOA organization is comprised of public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The Association’s more than 20,000 members are federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations.  Two of their principle goals are to identify principles of economy and efficiency…

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