The sunshine mayor

In a move that would have pleased the founders of the League of Women Voters (if they had lived to see it) Mayor Gavin Newsom is putting his State of the City report on YouTube for every San Franciscan to read. Although those future-oriented founding mothers had never heard of YouTube, they embraced the idea of transparency in government. They faithfully attended city meetings and emerged to let voters know what was going on in City Hall. Now City Hall comes to computers all across the Bay Area, and even the world, so the ideas and plans of our elected officials become available. There are probably few people who will have the time and patience to watch all seven and a half hours of the report, but those of us in the League can be sure that if our respected founders were still around, they would no doubt be perched on their chairs watching, listening, and taking notes. Let them be an example to us all.

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