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Library Commission denies request for visuals at public comment

“San Franciscans have been known to say some pretty outrageous things during public comment at city meetings, and the Library Commission is no exception. For more than a year, one man has been kicking off every meeting by advising the commission to elect its president, Jewelle Gomez, “to the position of dictator-for-life, and then at least the rest of us would have the hope an assassination might result in a change of leadership.” Now, some of the regulars at public comment are making the case that the commission shouldn’t have to just hear everything the public has to say, but see it, too. Ray Hartz, who identifies himself as the director of San Francisco Open Government, is asking the commission to let the public show their own slides or audio and visual presentations during their three-minute comment period. “All I’m asking for is equal treatment,” he said at Thursday’s commission meeting. “Include my Microsoft PowerPoint slides just as you do for those of whom you approve.” (via City Insider | an blog)

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