The 2016 election cycle is one in which political dissatisfaction has dominated. Both major parties have had challengers who have expressed a determination to shake up our country's governance. This has attracted former non-voters to engage in the political process for their first time. While the selection of our country's leader can have a "huge" impact and deserves the efforts of those involved in the process, an exclusive focus upon the top office risks continuing the top-down nature of the system, which is the bigger problem.
“Open data” is currently a popular topic. By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs. In doing so, open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data. Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, it's not the whole answer.
ew Article 6 -- The Amendment deletes the present Article 6: Community Advisory Boards which is now irrelevant because City Council abolished all of the City's Community Advisory Boards, effective December 31, 2000. In its place, the Amendment will substitute a new Article 6: Open Government which expands upon the recent Open Data legislation passed by City Council, providing greater opportunities for public participation in the governance of the city, including an ability for individuals to be notfied about legislative and administrative actions before they occur and assuring that Council and the Mayor give more attention to resident's input.