The five LA County Supervisors almost never face serious challenges at election time, and they're famous for ignoring the public at their Tuesday meetings, while they spend time on dog adoptions, special awards and adjournment resolutions. When new Board Chair Zev Yaroslavsky proposed to reduce the time for public comment, he lit a firestorm among regulars who insist they have a right to address their elected officials. Are Board meetings dominated by "gadflies" who waste precious time? Is the Board conducting real public business behind closed doors? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the US and Iran: diplomacy or confrontation?
Do LA County Supervisors Want to Limit Public Engagement?
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The Right to Speak to Elected Officials
Last month, it was Zev Yaroslavsky's turn to chair the meetings of LA County's Board of Supervisors. He set off a firestorm by proposing to reduce the available time set...