What can local officials and their communities do to prevent a culture of self-interest over public interest from taking hold? What can they do to make sure abuses of authority do not occur in their communities?
It was fairly obvious that something was afoot at the . . . meeting. The first clue: there were members of the public present. As a rule, no one other than the district’s engineer, attorney or the press is in attendance.
When it comes to closed sessions, and confidential information learned during closed sessions, the decision to provide greater transparency must reflect the collective judgment of the decision-making body.