Ourania Riddle -- author of Dixon’s proposed Sunshine Ordinance -- tried to mislead Dixon voters in her September 30 opinion piece in The Vacaville Reporter. Here's the piece: Measure N: It helps citizens keep an eye on government.
She stated, "This initiative has been modeled after the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, which was adopted in 1993 and was reaffirmed by voters in 1999."
Really. Did she think we wouldn’t read San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance - Section 67? Ms. Riddle is guilty of comparing Dixon’s apples to San Francisco’s oranges. Here are a few differences between the two.
- SF…….. 3 minutes
Public Records Requests
- Dixon…2 days
- SF……10 Days
Screens Placed Behind Council Members
Open Governance Commission (called Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in SF)
- Dixon…”random” selection of three members
- SF…….. 11 members appointed by Board of Supervisors
City Employees Briefing Council Members
- Dixon…only two council members may be briefed
- SF……..no restrictions
Items on City Agenda by Citizens
- Dixon…20 signatures to place item on agenda
- SF……..no provision
Online Posting of ALL Job Applications to the City
- Dixon…all applications must be posted
- SF……..only “successful job applicants” to have
- applications posted
Ms. Riddle wants openness in government, but seems to think openness about the real differences between Dixon’s Measure N and San Francisco’s ordinance should be kept in the dark.
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