As you read the following, Ask yourself why could not our City Council, Planning Board and Economic Development Corp adopt the same sort of Guidelines?
The City has a responsibility to clearly report to the public it serves the actions and conduct of city government in all of its complexity.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that relevant information is communicated to the public and that it is timely, accurate, and distributed properly.
We will use media coverage to generate interest, encourage involvement, increase understanding, and provide a vital link between all citizens and their governments.
The City will dedicate sufficient staff to initiate and maintain contacts with media representatives, develop and distribute information, plan and implement information campaigns, monitor media reports, and look for opportunities to highlight the positives of our community.
The Public Information staff will help the media gain access to elected officials, employees, and public records.
City leaders will be available for interviews, respond promptly to requests for information in order to facilitate effective communication with citizens and to ensure that news reports are timely and accurate.
The mayor, councilmembers, manager, and department heads shall make major announcements and respond to questions when the issues or policies are controversial or sensitive.
Adopted by Resolution No. 98-0409
CITY OF STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA
CITY COUNCIL POLICY
COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS GUIDELINES
Directive No. 100-10
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Effective Date: 9/29/98