Plenty has gone wrong in Costa Mesa politics this year, so it's nice when we have a chance to call attention to something that's going right. City Hall has made great strides in making public information, such as employee salaries, more readily available to anyone who wants to view it. And, from what we've been told, even greater transparency as it relates to public contracts is on its way.
This is how it should be. Public information belongs to the public and anyone who wants to view it should be able to.
The Sunshine Review, which, as its name implies, tries to shine a light on information that many governments would rather keep in the dark, recently awarded Costa Mesa with an A-plus for transparency. The last time the watchdog group looked at Costa Mesa it gave the city an F. Only 112 of 6,000 city websites reviewed by the watchdog agency earn an A-plus rating. This time around, the review praised the city for "the quantity and quality of public information available on the city of Costa Mesa's website," according to a press release from the city.