Digital Democracy is here to stay. Like it or not politicians ( and/or their staffs) read blogs and respond. I want to take it to the next level by creating public committees to research and report back to our readers.
My first committee will look at the proposals to expand the Simi Valley Landfill.
I want a diverse committee that will look into all the alternatives ( maybe more recycling that will help WMI's bottom line and prevent the need for an expansion?), ideas, proposals, and the like and report back to us.
Most of the work will take place on my blog but a few face to face meetings will take place also.
This is how I envision it. The committee meets at a local pancake peddler and shares background information, articles, and ideas. Afterwards they break up and do some research. They then meet up and discuss what they have found out on this blog so everyone can read it.
The committee doesn't need to agree on anything except to come back and discuss what they found out here. That way they have time to talk to WMI people, city people, and people from the county and other local agencies.
Imagine it as a committee of citizen reporters who will report back to the rest of us.
Then anyone with access to an internet connection can leave feedback and tell the committee what information they would like to know more about.
I don't have a dog in this race. WMI is a private land owner with rights to use their land. But I would like to make sure any deal is done in the open, not behind closed doors.
The next step? I am going to create a committee. I want tough, independent minded people that I know will dig for the truth.
I am nominating Jim Dantona as a member of the committee. I figure if Waste Management can convince Jim Dantona after how much he has gone after him then they can convince the rest of us.
I also nominate the blogger known as "Bubba Kidd". I think if Bubba Kidd and Jim Dantona ever agree on anything it will be a miracle.
I would also nominate Katie Teague but I believe she is from West County.
So with that I leave the floor to open it up to other nominations. Who else would my readers like to be a part of a committee to inform the public?