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Communication and Transparency

Openness and transparency ought to be strongly held values for every government official. In 1972, the voters of the State of Washington approved an initiative that was later codified into the Public Records Act It provides, at RCW 42.56.030, that:

The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.

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Change the Culture

Every department at City Hall has to be oriented toward transparency, outreach, and real engagement with the public we serve. As mayor, I'll lead by example by putting my official calendar online, so you can see everyone I'm meeting with and how I'm spending my time as your public servant.

Improve Public Input and Two-Way Communication

Improve the Website

The cheapest and easiest way the City can engage with the people of Anacortes is through our website, but we don't take full advantage of that resource. I'll completely reboot the City website for quick, easy, and comprehensive access to information, events, and City services.

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