Cuyahoga County Council announced this week that it will stream its meetings online, catalog previous meetings so the public can search and watch those too, and will adopt a stronger social media presence. (You can find council at twitter.com/cuyahogacouncil; they are up to a staggering 54 followers at the moment.)
Operating in a post-Dimora world (Unofficial slogan: Show me the receipt for that steak dinner), county offices and employees are taking transparency seriously, and making council meetings accessible to anyone with a decent internet connection or a neighbor who doesn't have a password on their wireless is a hopeful step.
The proposal was initially discussed back in April. At the time, Council President C. Ellen Connally was not in favor of the plan, though after she made her remarks, she admitted she did not know much about the plan.
"I'm sure it's more than we can afford," she said. Connally also added that she had no idea what the price tag would be.
But that didn't stop her from opposing the plan, because C. Ellen Connally has priorities. "It's very ambitious, but it's a little bit down the road for us," she said at the time. "Between buying the system and feeding some hungry people, I'm going to feed some hungry people."
Jump ahead to this week when the online streaming system was announced and Connally has (slightly) changed her tune. "These new social media tools will help us to more easily interact with citizens," she said in a press release. Okay, if you read between the lines of that tepid sentence, maybe you get the sense that Connally still isn't totally on board, but we're just guessing she ran out of hungry people to feed and had to finally give in.
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