Beginning in early May, the La Mirada City Council will be streaming their council meetings online. This is a major step forward for La Mirada who has historically taken a much less transparent stance on local government. Despite strong resistance from some within the city, I continued to fight hard for a more open and transparent La Mirada. I am proud to say that after three years of pushing the council voted unanimously on Tuesday to go forward with the online streaming of council meetings.
The vote came about after a community survey was done which included a question about whether or not the residents surveyed would like to see council meeting placed online. 80% of the correspondents stated they would like to have council meetings available online to view and of those in favor, 80% stated they would actually watch the meetings. Due to the overwhelming demand, those on council that were against the idea decided to implement it on a one year trial basis.
It is my personal belief that by allowing council meetings to be posted online, many residents who otherwise cannot attend meetings will be better informed about what is taking place in their city. Additionally, it allows more civic engagement and ultimately may lead to more resident involvement in the city, which until now has been lacking. The hope is that La Mirada will become a more open and inclusive city, allowing increased participation in the direction, governing, and future of our city.