Grits will continue to publish during that time, but the Open Government Online amendment needs defending from increasingly mendacious attacks. It's important, I think for this city's future. I know it's critical toward ensuring openness and accountability at the local police department. And after the Austin City Council's blatant abuse of authority at last night's council meeting, I'm now fighting mad. Perhaps you can get a sense of that from the note I sent them this morning:
To the Austin City Council:Like I said, before I viewed this amendment as a good idea that deserved support. Now they've actually pissed me off.
For the record, after last night's hearing on ballot language for the open government online amendment, I'm deeply embarrassed by all of you - literally ashamed that each of you represent me in local government.
The Austin Chronicle predicted Mr. McCracken would overreach on the amendments, and he did. The claims about citizen email going online are false on their face. The clear language in the amendment only requires archiving. That was beyond sleazy - it was a betrayal of your duty to your office and the voters. If you care about the truth on that question, please see this blog post. Most of you obviously, can now quit reading.