May 1, 2019
Dear Elk Grove residents,
Thank you for considering signing this petition to the Elk Grove City Council to change the Council’s rules on public comments to allow a speaker to yield 2 minutes of his or her time to another speaker, with up to 4 speakers allowed to do so. You can sign the petition on the form at the bottom of this page. You can download a copy of the proposed ordinance from this page. Feel free to ask any questions. Mark at KeepCellAntennasAwayFromOurElkGroveHomes dot org.
Have you noticed that on this 5G issue and some other complex issues that are currently on the table in Elk Grove there is a lot more to say than you can say in 3 minutes? 3 minutes is all we get, twice a month, to speak to the City Council during public comments. However years ago the City used to allow speakers to yield their time to another speaker so that the latter speaker could have more than 3 minutes to speak. The Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees allowed this as recently as 2016 and may still.
This petition is to support an ordinance that the Council can pass to amend its rules for public comments so that a speaker can yield 2 minutes of his or her time to another speaker, giving up (or yielding back to the Council) the other 1 minute. A total of 4 speakers can each yield their 2 minutes to another speaker, who in that case will have a total of 11 minutes to speak (the original 3 plus 4 times 2).
You can download the proposed ordinance here.
Not everybody is equally comfortable speaking in public. Not everybody is equally informed on the issues. But they know leaders in the community who are both comfortable speaking in public and well informed. This will give us more time to present our information and recommendations. It will also give the Council more opportunity to learn from us. We know that they often do not read emails that we send them, especially long ones. But these are complicated policy issues.
What will be delivered to the Council is the proposed ordinance and the brief message shown in the form farther down on this page, along with your name and other information you provide.
After signing this please share it with other Elk Grove residents.
Remember that your name and whatever other information you enter on the petition will be presented to the City. The petition and the names added to it will be public records. Whatever you don’t want shared as a public record, do not enter on the petition.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask Mark at KeepCellAntennasAwayFromOurElkGroveHomes dot org