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On September 25 the Chula Vista city council will consider changing their 4:00 PM meetings to 10:00 AM.

The staff report for the meeting time change suggests this would serve the city financially because overtime compensation for staff would be avoided. The report also makes the argument that the County Board of Supervisors and the City of San Diego hold meetings during the morning hours.

Council member Patricia Aguilar said in a September 24 interview that she intends to pull the agenda item from the consent calendar so that it can be discussed. She said she intends "to listen and participate in the discussion, but I am leaning toward the idea that the time of the meeting is related to our democracy. Scheduling the meeting at an inconvenient time reduces the ability of people to participate."

In addition Aguilar pointed out that Chula Vista council meetings should not be compared to the meetings of the County Board of Supervisors or San Diego city meetings. "Those are full-time positions. We kept our city council positions part-time so that the job would not be so political. Regular people with a 9-5 job will not be able to sit on the council and serve their community."

Aguilar also observed that the staff report does not detail the fiscal savings.

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Comments

cvres Sept. 24, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m.

City offices are already closed to the public on Friday. (Staff is still at work so it's never been clear how this really saves money.)

So if council meetings are held on Tuesday mornings it seems that some of the staff, thecity manager, mayor, city attorney etc would be unavailable to the public during those hours as well--unless a person spoke during public comment.

And, do these people really have that little to do? Can they give up a working day to hold a council meeting?

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Visduh Sept. 24, 2012 @ 4:08 p.m.

Hey, the answer is obvious. Make the CV council a full-time council--after all it is the second largest city in the county--and then they'll be able to meet at any time.

Seriously, does starting the meetings at 4 pm really mean that there is more participation, and that when working people can appear before the council they actually do that? And does the council pay the slightest bit of attention to public testimony and speech?

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Pancho Sept. 24, 2012 @ 7:23 p.m.

@cvres: I've always wondered what justification there was to close the civic center buildings on Fridays. Doesn't make sense, especially because people are in there working. It's not a furlough day, like SUHSD teachers have right now.

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VigilantinCV Sept. 24, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m.

Visduh -- you musn't confuse the Chula Vista City Council with the Sweetwater Union High School District Board. The Council people really do listen. And if they have a Public Hearing that is likely to be controversial, they will schedule it for, like, 6 pm-Time Certain. They then start their Council meeting at 4 pm, and if in fact they don't have 2 hours of other work to consider, they will adjourn until 6 pm-Time Certain. Of course this would be messy if they started at 10 am -- a stupid idea which should be Dead-On-Arrival!

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Visduh Sept. 24, 2012 @ 7:22 p.m.

After learning of all the goings-on at the SUHSD, I'd come to assume that the same sort of gangsterism ruled the So Bay cities. I'll rely on your assurance that the city of CV is not run the same way.

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anniej Sept. 26, 2012 @ 8:25 p.m.

the city of Chula Vista is assuredly NOT related - not any shape, any form to sweetwater union high school district - no way, no how.

Mayor Cox is the only mayor i know that has been called on a sunday, and SHE picks up.

while john mccann has his eye on the mayors seat no doubt his tenure of do nothing, claim everything at sweetwater will follow him for a very long time - now that the students are becoming educated, who are the future of voters of the south bay, mccann is doa for any political seat he may endeavor to run for.

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