directly answering citizens' questions during the meetings. To keep a
handle on the proceedings, council members have a policy of not
entertaining specific queries from speakers during public comments
and public hearings in council meetings.
How, then, some wanted to know, can a resident get answers about
city government? Officials pointed out that, whenever possible, they
do try to answer relevant questions during the meetings. But the best
way to pose questions, they said, is through phone calls or e-mail
messages with elected officials and staff members.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"These meetings are set up for a certain purpose and they operate
in a certain way," Councilman Dennis O'Neil said.
Cellular antennas should be installed on some city sites for a
fee, council members agreed. In the final vote on an issue that has
been under scrutiny for months, council members approved an ordinance
to allow the city to enter into lease agreements with phone companies
to install their next-generation cellular antennas in approved
LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAM
Council members agreed to set aside $264,125 from the city's
general fund to cover costs of certifying the city's Local Coastal
Plan. That price tag includes technical studies, legal services and
consultants' fees. Staff explained that it's hard to estimate how
much it will cost to certify the city's Local Coastal Plan with the
California Coastal Commission because no other city in the state has
completed the certification process for such a plan.
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