Over 70 people braved the elements to attend the February 9 Fort Bragg City Council meeting which was reconvened to the old gym, which had power from City Hall.
The vast majority appeared to be there for non-agenda items, so sat through interesting city business before several became raucous and demanded that the agenda be changed so they could speak early, rather than listening to an update on all of the city’s capital projects. The Council did vote 3-2 to change the agenda so they could speak earlier under the conditions that the rude and inappropriate behavior, which has now too often become the norm at city meetings, cease. The city police waited in the hall to assure the crowd was orderly as over 20 people spoke, most criticizing the purchase of the Old Coast Hotel.
While the increased community participation is encouraging, the yelling and lack of respect shown by a number of citizens is discouraging. It is obvious that many people do not understand the processes of government nor do they realize how important the entire agenda is to this city’s operations and its citizens. Over 60 people left the room when that item was finished, ignoring the rest of the business to be conducted.
Watch your government in action including the following issues:
*CDBG Grant guidelines to help people get support as they work to build their own businesses
*Presentation on the Noyo Center for Marine Science
*Capital Projects Update
*Parking in lieu fee waiver
*Consent Calendar Items