Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Schipske Calls on City Attorney to Advise Mayor and City Council to Provide for Virtual Participation at City Council Meetings – Says Restriction Impacts Disabled and Older Adults Who Have Difficulty Navigating City Hall




Schipske Calls on City Attorney to Advise Mayor and City Council to Provide for Virtual Participation at City Council Meetings – Says Restriction Impacts Disabled and Older Adults Who Have Difficulty Navigating City Hall



Gerrie Schipske, candidate for City Attorney, today called upon the current City Attorney to advise the Mayor and City Council to continue to provide for virtual participation at City Council meetings.

“Up until March 22, City Council meetings were held virtually and provided for citizen participation via Zoom,” says Schipske. “There is no legal reason why citizen participation should be restricted to in person. During COVID we found that this works out fine. The City Attorney should encourage every means to ensure the public's rights to fully participate in meetings." 

Schipske says she is concerned this restriction impacts many disabled and older adults who are unable to navigate the City Hall. “It also makes no sense, especially since the city brags that it has been recognized as a Top Digital City in the Center for Digital Government (CDG)’s 2021 Digital Cities Survey, which evaluates how cities across the nation use technology to advance city goals, operations and services to the community.”

Gerrie Schipske, a former City Councilmember, strenuously advocated to make Long Beach open, transparent, and accountable. Consequently, she is the only candidate for City Attorney who was honored by the President at the White House as one of only seven “Champions of Change for Open Government.”

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