Attending City Council meetings has historically been a struggle for people who work and can’t make the 5 p.m. start times, have child-care conflicts and issues traveling to Downtown, where the meetings are held on Tuesday nights.
Council members Suzie Price, Mary Zendejas, Daryl Supernaw and Roberto Uranga are asking for the city manager to work with the City Clerk’s office to determine if telephone comment can be brought back just two weeks after the city announced it would go away.
An official with the First Amendment Coalition said that cities that have only allowed digital written comments, which includes Long Beach, probably haven’t met requirements for access to public meetings.
COVID-19 social distancing measures are changing the dynamics of attending public meetings and how residents engage with their elected officials.
Some critics, however, say the new rules will come at the expense of the public’s ability to participate in city discussions.
Designs for the Long Beach Civic Center project will be unveiled for public review during two public meetings tomorrow, Long Beach Development Services announced today.