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HAT TIP : Sunshine Review , bringing state and local government to light
Here is a definition of what Sunshine review is about
ABOUT SUNSHINE REVIEWSunshine Review is about state and local government transparency, engaged citizens, and holding government officials accountable. The Sunshine Review wiki collects and shares information about state and local transparency using a 10-point Transparency Checklist to evaluate 6,000 state and local government websites. Sunshine Review is a non-profit that collaborates with individuals and organizations across America to promote state and local transparency
The Sunshine Review has some analysis on cities all over the country and has given the City of Greensboro a C- with 3 other cities getting rated as well in Charlotte getting a B, Raleigh A-, DurhamB- and Winston Salem getting a C. To see the comparison of cities CLICKHERE
The good on Greensboro from Sunshine Review
The bad on Greensboro from Sunshine Review
Looks like with a C- rating there is room for improvement and one aspect that needs improvement is to be able to search for minutes from past Greensboro City Council meeting while putting in searchable words like for example "conflicts of interest and Robbie Perkins" this should let us search for any past meeting and see the minutes from this meeting. Right now you have to try to remember which council meeting it was in then search each date then scroll through all the minutes that were taken to see if you have the right saying. It takes a very long time to do this but seeing that Greensboro televises it's meetings is a huge plus to even go back to past meetings and watch the video even to see Greensboro Councilmen Zack Matheny tell someone to sit down.
If the sunshine review needs help with the wasted money for the City of Greensboro on hiring a Lobbyist here is a link to my post on this issue which the city gets a missing label for this area of their review. here is the post on that titled "City of Greensboro Set to Waste Taxpayers Money Going After Taxpayers Money to Hire Federal Lobbyist" then we find out later that the mayor has been friends with the Sapersteins since the lobbyist was a kid, nice cronyism on this issue. Hopefully we will see the reversal of this federal lobbyist in the future and the City of Greensboro can say they spend no taxpayer money going after taxpayer money.
here is the video from that vote and the mayor talking about the new federal lobbyist
Nice to see this from the sunshine review and hopefully they will succeed in this endeavor and we can shine a light on all cities , counties and state government all over this country.