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Placentia, California

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Transparency grading process
Placentia is a city in the state of California.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of California city websites

This site was evaluated on Aug. 16, 2012.

The good

  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a bio, their duties, an office address, phone number and email form letter.[1]
    • Each council member and head of department is listed with their salary and pension costs.[2]
  • Administration
    • Each department lists who is in charge of the department, what the department does and includes a physical address, phone number and email contact form.[3]
    • There is a city directory available.[4]
  • Public records
    • The city provides a public records database.[5]
    • A fee schedule is listed for public records.[6]
    • A public records request form and contact information is provided.[7]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are listed dating back to 2010.[8]
    • The meeting page notes the time and locations of meetings.
    • Videos of meetings are archives and you can watch them live.[9]
  • Finance
    • Audits are provided dating back to 2003-2004.[10]
    • Budgets are provided dating back to 2009.[11]
  • Planning
    • Zoning maps are available.[12]
    • Building permits can be submitted online.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Current bids and proposals are disclosed.[14]

The bad

  • Personalized emails need to be provided for elected officials, department heads, and for the city clerk.
  • Could not locate building permit applications to be downloaded.
  • Local tax rates for sales or property taxes could not be found.
  • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

Lobbying

Main article: California government sector lobbying

For 2007 and 2008, Placentia spent $178,331 on lobbying.[15]

External links

References

  1. Placentia, Mayor/City Council, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  2. Placentia, Compensation, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  3. Placentia, Administration, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  4. Placentia, City directory, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  5. Placentia, Public records, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  6. Placentia, Fee schedule, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012 (timed out)
  7. Placentia, Public records request form, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  8. Placentia, Meetings, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  9. Placentia, Video meetings, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  10. Placentia, CAFR, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  11. Placentia, Financial documents, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  12. Placentia, Zoning, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  13. Placentia, Building safety, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  14. Placentia, Bids, Accessed: Aug. 16, 2012
  15. State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?, Pacific Research Institute