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Council meetings may start an hour earlier
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce, Editor

I wrote last month about the recent tendencies of Downey City Council meetings to stretch into the wee hours of the morning. It’s not unusual for a meeting to end well past midnight.

I always thought this was counter intuitive to a participatory local government. Late night meetings are burdensome to residents – particularly students – who want to take part in council meetings.

Apparently Councilman Alex Saab agreed, because he has proposed starting the meetings an hour earlier at 6:30 p.m.

Council members (and staff members) appear to favor the time switch. If it gains approval Tuesday night, and at a second reading in August, the new start time would go into effect Sept. 24.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, WEB ONLY
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