Wouldn't it be nice if the City Commission's Informal Workshops were at least recorded for audio access? Minutes for these meetings are published and quite often "decisions" are made as to what items will appear at future commission meetings for action. As an interested citizen it would be nice to hear the discussion in order to develop a fuller understanding of an issue and how individual commissioners are thinking before it comes to the open commission meeting for a decision.
The current system lacks transparency and leads to perceptions of minimally adhering to Florida's Sunshine Laws.
CITY MEETINGS NOW AVAILABLE AS MOBILE DOWNLOADS
Sarasota, FL: The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is pleased to announce an expansion of its existing archived meetings service. The meetings are now available as MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video) downloads. This expansion makes it possible for more users to access meeting and City programming archives and makes it possible for mobile users of, for example, the iPhone, Android, iPad, and other tablets and Smartphone's, with Internet access, to participate now as well.
"The City has offered live streaming and archived video for the past five years, but we are constantly looking for ways to enhance customer service for greater citizen engagement and transparency, " said Pamela Nadalini, City Auditor and Clerk. "This new technology dramatically improves our streaming media capabilities, making citizen participation in the policy-making process much easier."
To access these features, go to the City Website and click the Live/Archived Video icon on the lower right hand corner and select either the audio or video link.
Also included in the service expansion is the ability for regular personal computer-based viewers to share videos over popular social networking sites as well as copy and embed portions of a meeting, or an entire video, through the player itself.