In an email response to Larry Pattison Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina clarified his position on public access to city information. The Mayor also copied his message to the original signatories to last week's Joint Statement on Media Access at City Hall.
Here is the text of his message:
One of my priorities as Mayor has been to bring more information to the public, not less. I was asked the day after the election what my first priority was, and answered "live streaming of all committee and Council meetings". That was accomplished within two months of my taking office.
This is important because media often picks and chooses what stories to cover and what angle to take. The closer the public can get to the daily business of their Council, whether by streaming, requests for information, broader and more thorough coverage through media, including blogs, etc., the better.
The offices of Mayor and City Manager were the first to publicly support the concept of "Open Data". We are now reviewing all matters related to communications and public information. The public will have an opportunity to give input, and final decisions will be in the hands of Council.
Yesterday, City Manager Chris Murray outlined the process to be followed in reviewing the City's media relations and social media policies.
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