Several months ago, Council Members Kim Santiago and Dave Sewell began holding outreach lunches where members of the public could interact with Council Members on current issues. Council Members will rotate their participation in the lunches in an effort to be inclusive.
The goals of the lunches are to to promote greater Council engagement with the community, to enhance transparency, and provide Council Members an opportunity to gather information and sample public opinion on key issues.
To maintain the informal nature of the lunch meeting, no more than three Council Members may be present. If more than three Members are present, the meeting must be publicly noticed, minutes made and a recording taken. Members of the Council have committed to have no more than three Council Members present at any given lunch to preserve the informality of the meeting.
Members of the public are invited to attend any lunch meeting with Council Members. To be as accommodating as possible, the Council will inform the public of upcoming Council Member lunches with date, place and time on their blog a week in advance of the event.
This week’s coming lunch will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014, moderated by Council Member Gary Winterton at Joe Vera's Restaurant located at 250 W. Center Street, Suite 100 at noon.