|Isn't freedom of speech abused a |
little bit at the Riverside City
The new communication facility provided by the Riverside City government has been a great success. eComment has been implemented by the City Clerk's office and allows residents to share views on City Council agenda items. It is an easy, electronic way to participate in local decisions from the comfort of home.
Visit RiversideCA.gov and select City Council Agenda or City Council Meetings. Then, simply click on eComment and fill the form. It will be available every Friday for the following Tuesday's Council meeting.
Under the leadership of Mayor Ron Loveridge, Riverside is one of the most democratic local governments in the nation. Communication is "numero uno": Televised Public Speaking at City Council meetings, e-mails, 311, Channels 3, 21, and 99, Internet, magazines, brochures, and now eComment.
At the Riverside City Council meetings citizens can express their opinions freely. But it is not uncommon to see some speakers going over the board, some times even insulting members of the dais. Still, some people complain of "lack of freedom."
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