The United States Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups (US PIRG) reports that the state of California is tied for the last place in transparency rankings. We are of two states, (Alaska and California) that don’t have any online capability for the purpose of searching and/or viewing details of expenditures. In addition, California also does not provide any information on economic development subsidies.
From the micro level, The City of Sunnyvale is even less transparent than its neighboring cities of San Jose and Santa Clara. Each of those cities has published 2017 salary details while Sunnyvale only posts as recent as 2016? Isn’t this 2018?
The City of Sunnyvale should be a leader in transparent government. Some small changes in the culture and policy of secrecy I believe will restore the faith of its citizens of its elected officials and City staff.
The citizens of Sunnyvale deserve visibility on the City’s most significant costs. There is a distinct need for policies that make available its operating budget as well as its capital budget.
Sunnyvale deserves better.
Henry Alexander III
“Working with you, for a change”