City of Dixon Sunshine Ordinance, Measure N (November 2012)
Supporters of the initiative said, "This Initiative, if passed, will ensure governmental transparency. This Ordinance will go beyond the minimum requirements of the Brown Act and Public Records Act and will provide more and quicker access to information and greater public access to the workings of Dixon city government. This ordinance does not modify either the California Public Records Act or the Ralph M. Brown Act but rather is intended to enhance the stated objectives of those Acts. This Ordinance will offer specific requirements to ensure that the Dixon citizens have an effective right to learn about, attend, and participate in public meetings. With few exceptions, all city boards, commissions, and their respective committees must conduct their business publicly and provide ample notice of the items to be considered. This Ordinance will make city hall more transparent and friendly to citizen participation than state laws require."
- Final official results from the Solano County elections office.
Former city manager Warren Salmons and former city clerk Janice Beaman opposed Measure N.
Salmons said that Measure N "...is more than 4,000 words long. It is poorly written, complex and confusing. Of its 33 sections, fewer than half have anything to do with open government policies. The rest dictate how Dixon government will work. An Impact Analysis prepared for the city says Measure N will cost about $400,000 in its first year. Much of that would be spent digitizing and indexing some 4 million old documents. This will be necessary so the city can comply with the ridiculously short turnaround time the measure demands for providing access to public records."
The question on the ballot:
|Measure N: "Shall the ordinance relating to Additional City Government Meeting and Records Regulations be adopted?"|
- Dixon Sunshine, group that supports Measure N
- Dixon Positive Action Committee, group that opposes Measure N