(Mountain View, Calif.) – The City of Mountain View has officially launched Mountain View Open City Hall, a new online tool for City officials to receive public feedback about important City issues. To debut this new, public input option, the City is asking the public to voluntarily respond to the question: “Should the City of Mountain View adopt an ordinance setting a local minimum wage?”
Mountain View Open City Hall is designed to make it easier for community members to comment on key City government issues from their computer or mobile device. Anyone may access the tool by visiting www.mountainview.gov/open-city-hall, going to any topic and following the prompts to provide a statement. Although City officials will not respond directly to statements posted on Mountain View Open City Hall, all of the feedback will be read and incorporated in their decision-making process – along with other methods the City uses to gather public responses. Questions and comments that require a response should still be directed to Ask Mountain View, which may be accessed at www.mountainview.gov.
Mountain View Open City Hall is operated on the City’s behalf by Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company based in Berkeley, Calif. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the public to be part of the decision-making process,” said Mayor Chris Clark. "This is an efficient way to empower residents to participate in City decisions from the privacy and comfort of their own home or with the convenience of mobile access anytime they want to engage with City Hall."
The City of Mountain View will be adding more topics throughout the year, and public participation is completely voluntary. Residents will still be able to contact the City Council by phone, email, letters and they may give public comments in person during public meetings.