By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 2:36 pm in Uncategorized.
The website for Moraga Council candidates Dennis and Eleni Wanken has just about everything you could ask for in a campaign website. Billboard-style labeling? Check. Alternating bolded, italicized and underlined fonts? Check. Images of incumbents with red x’s across their faces? Check.
But the section labeled “Transparency” caught my eye. As evidence of the town’s lack of transparency, the Wankens cite the fact that the town has not posted minutes from council meetings online since mid-2008. This struck me as odd because, although minutes have never been easy to find out the town’s website, I know I’ve been able to peruse them in the past.
I went back to the town’s website today to confirm my recollection and was surprised to find that there are no minutes to be found anywhere, not even from 2008 or earlier. So what gives?
A couple of things, said Town Clerk Marty McInturf. First, she said she is simply crunched for time and can’t always get minutes posted right away. Because of their time sensitivity, agendas and council packets get a higher priority.
But McInturf also said many of the minutes previously posted were done so when Moraga did not have a town clerk, so she is in the process of “auditing” them to make sure they’re the correct, official versions. The minutes have been taken off the website during that process, she said, but she plans to upload some meeting minutes soon.