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City Of San Diego May Have Open Government Department

Evening Edition

Mayor elect Bob Filner told KPBS Evening Edition that he intends to fulfill his campaign promise for a more transparent government by creating a department dedicated to open government. Filner named former San Diego city council member Donna Frye to head the department. Donna Frye talks to KPBS Evening Edition about her long-time advocacy for government transparency.

Aired 11/8/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Donna Frye, former San Diego City councilmember

San Diego Mayor-Elect Bob Filner hasn't always been specific about how he's going to achieve his goals for the city. But there is one thing Filner has been very clear about -- he wants to create a new city department dedicated to 'open government.' Its aim is to help citizens have access to more information, more quickly about city business and government decisions. The person named to head the new department is a long-time advocate of open city government -- former San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye.

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datajuncture | November 8, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

This is great news for all San Diegans - We The People. I've long wondered if the high levels of apathy among Americans in local government is due to the fact they believe they have little control over their elected officials.

I also agree with Donna and believe more information in the hands of the people will allow many more citizens to make more intelligent contributions in the process. It just makes sense that local government should use every asset at its disposal - including it's own citizenry.

We all agree government needs to improve. Deliberately allowing citizens access to data, giving them opportunities to give feedback and taking obvious next-steps is how government should work.

Citizens are not a necessary evil - they are the reason we need government - to be sure every American (and guest) is treated equally and fairly.

Closed government is so early-1960's.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 8, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Filner is off to a great start in making our city hall more transparent.

DeMaio would have restricted access to city hall for people like Manchester, Filner, however, is making city hall accessible to the people.

And Donna Frye is one of the most credible local political figures we have, I'm happy to see her involvement.

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gregoryagogo | November 8, 2012 at 4:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Donna Frye! THANK GOD! Glad it's not De Maio! LOL

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HarryStreet | November 10, 2012 at 12:17 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

San Diego does not need another government position. Here we are laying off teachers, paying insurmountable taxes to fund the outrageous pension benefits, and Filner's going to give Frye a government position!

How much will her salary cost taxpayers? How much will her pension be? How in the hell does Filner expect taxpayers to keep coming up with money we don't have?

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roadrunner | November 26, 2012 at 5:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Go Donna!

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