CALLING ALL DAM WATCHDOGS! -- THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 - 9AM
Join us Wednesday morning at 9AM for the Nevada Irrigation District (NID)'s Board of Directors meeting. Tell NID, as a public entity, they should follow best practices for transparency and make their meetings accessible to all by providing live streaming and an online archive of their board meetings. It is time for NID to commit to public accountability and step into the 21st century.
You can take action by filling the room on Wednesday and speaking up for transparency during the public comment period. Public comment begins promptly at 9AM; please arrive early! Parking is very limited, please see below for details. View NID's meeting agenda here. If you are unable to attend in-person, please SEND an e-mail to NID Board Members via our form here, or call NID at 530.273.6185.
TALKING POINTS: Tell NID to commit to live streaming its public Board meetings and providing online video replay now. (Download "Talking Points" Handout here)
Specifically, we want NID to take immediate action in the interest of public education and engagement:
to live-stream its Board meetings,
to make the video recordings available online on the same day as the meeting, and
to archive them for posterity following best practices in the State of California for government transparency.
Tell NID that this affordable, good government action is needed for interested citizens who are unable to attend in person due to work commitments, health or disability.
Tell NID we expect them to provide this service using the same or better technology than that provided by Nevada County and the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City. We deserve nothing less.
BACKGROUND: In April 2016, three community groups (League of Women Voters, Federation of Neighborhood Associations, and SYRCL) sent NID a formal request to live-stream and broadcast its meetings. Unfortunately, after a year of NID committee meetings and negotiations, the Board rejected this request. Our groups applaud the leadership of Director Nancy Weber to advocate with her Board colleagues for this reasonable and cost-effective way to keep the public engaged and informed. More information from YubaNet here.
PARKING: The entrance to the Grass Valley School District parking is off Squirrel Creek, 1/4 mile past NID. Squirrel Creek Rd. is the left just beyond NID (heading out of town), across from the cemetery and right after the Pines Motel. Access to GVSD parking is the 1st left on Squirrel Creek. GVSD’s address is 10840 Gilmore Way.