Straight Talk: Charlottesville City Council’s Public Comment Procedures

Nancy Carpenter

Straight Talk host Andri Hakes talks to Nancy Carpenter, a city resident and community advocate on poverty and homelessness issues about the controversial changes to City Council’s public comment procedures, which were implemented after the most recent local election. The new procedures are significantly more formal than those used in the past. Supporters feel that the new procedures are contributing to a more orderly and efficient meeting process, but some community members strongly oppose the new measures, saying they limit individual citizens’ access to local government, and the public’s right to know what is going on at the meetings.

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