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Op-ed: Cleveland City Council might finally adopt public comment, but we need to keep pushing if we want to get this right

For years, advocacy groups have requested public comment at Cleveland City Council meetings and a more straight-forward process for commenting at Council committee meetings. City Council seems closer to adopting public comment than ever before, but we need to keep paying attention and pushing them to adopt a public comment policy that is inclusive, transparent, and fair.

Keep it to yourself: Public comment is a city council tradition in many places, but Clevelanders hear “Shhhh”

At gatherings of Cleveland City Council, members of the public are not allowed to address the council. A group called Citizens for Public Comment is trying to change that in the run-up to the 2021 elections, hoping to foster public participation in decision making at a time when the mayoral race, and all 17 council seats, are up for grabs.

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