Coronado Civic Engagement Tools
As a formal method for citizens to exercise input to request a specific item be placed on a City Council meeting agenda, I support the City's adoption of an "Agenda Item Request Form" along with a page on the City's website where the forms may be submitted and posted in a public a transparent format in the chronological order in which they are received. Councilmembers may sponsor a citizen's agenda item request pursuant to Council Policy #2.
For items on existing City Council meeting agendas, I also support a platform called "eComment." When the City Council meeting agenda is posted online, an eComment link will be placed in the agenda under the staff report for each item. Before the Council meeting, community members not only have the opportunity to read the staff reports and supporting materials, they can click on the eComment link, complete the form online, and submit their comments on any or all of the agenda items. The eComment period opens when the City Council agenda is posted and closes at noon the day of the meeting. During the eComment period, citizens can click on the current Council agenda link to find the links within the online agenda. Residents can submit a comment of up to 250 words, as well let the Council know their position on an item by selecting "oppose," "neutral" or "support."
The Agenda Item Request Form page on City's website and eComment tool will revolutionize civic engagement in Coronado.