Andrea Campbell to become next city-council president

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the non-race to succeed Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) as council president. Campbell will preside over council meetings and assign members to committees.

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Open government practices. FOI Freedom Of Information.

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>"Campbell says she will focus better bringing constituent suport to the city through her role, prioritizing innovatine tools and new technologies into the council and continuing to seek increases in transparency."

Records Management at Boston City Council is deficient...
a) Out of reach City Stenographer Stenographic Records of Council Public Meetings... Out of reach for hard of hearing folks, out of reach for ESL English Second Language folks, out of reach for all folks.

b) Permutable Table/Chart of Roll Call Votes in Public Meetings of City Council permutable by Topic/by Councilor/by other interesting parameters and easy to read, understandable... No permutable Table/Chart available.

c) The latest version of the City Charter isn't available online in searchable format... and annotated.

d) The updated City Code isn't available online... and annotated.

e) Redistricting Maps of Districts need to be made more readily available online clearly showing the Names of Bordering Streets for Districts.

The lack in Managing Council Records affects the balance of power in City Government. A better balance of power when Boston City Council is more open managing Council records.

Two Stenographers record Council Public Meetings. The first, the City Stenographer records the more accurate Transcript on site during the Public Meeting in the Council Chamber. The second, the less accurate Captioning Stenographer off site at WGBH Media Access Group Captions from video transmission.

Article 2.3 of the City Contract for Stenographic Services provides everything produced is City Property.

New Council Central Staff are needed at Boston City Council more interested in updating practices, updating technology/software than in protecting out of date practices.

New Legislative Support Staff are needed for maintaining the City Council Document System Database and updating the City of Boston Code, see page 312 at
https://budget.boston.gov/img/pdfs/volume-3-complete.pdf

New Legislative Support Staff are needed for Boston City Council more interested in updating practices, updating technology/software than in protecting out of date practices.

Legislative Support Staff Division of the Boston City Clerks Office fail to put many important City Notices online in Searchable format.

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That might be the most

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That might be the most irrelevant link of all time.

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Are you saying

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they aren't the same person?

(and yes, I did click on the link.)

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Campbell talks a good talk

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But when it comes to important constituent work she is useless.

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How so?

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Examples?

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Seriously, if you are going

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Seriously, if you are going to just drop off a snarky attack on someone at least provide us with some rationale for why. From what I have seen she has done great work reaching out to people and working on issues. I just work in her district, I don't live there but I see her or her staff at all the right places and everyone seems to know all of them.

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Charter Money

As long as she leaves all of that charter school money she got out of her decisions, I think she will make a fine president.

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Theszak has a valid point here

Want to know federal law? Here it is: http://uscode.house.gov/

Want to know Massachusetts law? Here it is: http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/legal-and-legislative-resource...

Want to know Boston law? You can get it from third parties (http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Massachusetts/boston/cityofbo...$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:boston_ma ) but they are disclaimed as being unofficial.

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I dunno Bob

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The three largest cities in America, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago all farm out their online versions of the city code to American Legal, which is who Boston uses. Tech center San Jose farms it out to a different outside contractor, which is the same contractor Austin and Seattle use.

In short, Boston is doing the same thing other cities do with their online version of their codes.

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