Summary of Public Forum April 7,2005

4/20/2005    Recap of Characteristics of Government from April 7th Forum

What characteristics should government embody in order to effectively serve the public interest and deliver public service?

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Accountable

 

Responsible

 

Ethical

 

Clearly divide policy-making from administration

 

Serve the whole community

 

Be visionary

 

Represent the electorate

 

Knowledgeable

 

Effective two way communication between elected and electorate

 

Effective and efficient

Transparency

 

Open to communication available to listen

 

Able to explain obscure concepts

 

Rise above interest groups in the electorate

 

Promote public involvement

 

Seek the good of the whole not special interests

 

Keep power close to the people

 

Ethical standards beyond legal requirements

 

Fairness, equality among residents

 

Impartiality

Nimble enough to respond to change

Overall long term vision

Security and safety from sidewalks to terrorism

Open to new ideas

Collective will

 

Open Government

 

No conflict of interest (see state

law)

 

Honest/Responsible

 

Knowledgeable/Intelligent

 

Receptive/Open minded

 

Efficient/Accountable

 

Fiscally Responsible

 

Accessible

 

Professionally Staffed

 

No Nepotism

 

Communicate fully and objectively

 

Social equity

 

Concern for individual rights

 

Encourages participation by Public

 

Transparency

 

Common Good

 

Citizen participation

 

Reflect traditions and preserve future

 

Charter should be limited and specific in its powers

 

System of accountability

 

Organizational structure should support public interest

 

Clarify city involvement regarding land use

 

Protect city resources

 

Consider direct democracy

 

Collaborative and cooperative

Honest/Ethical

No conflict of interest

Effective use of two way technology

Periodic review of charter every 10 years

 

 

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