Toni Momberger, editor of the MediaNews Group-owned Redlands (CA) Daily Facts, describes herself as “a rule follower from way back,” and says “I get my back up when others break rules.”
What’s bugging her lately are the people who break a city council rule limiting public comments to three-minutes per person. She was especially irked by one man’s plan to give his 15-minute presentation by rounding up four others to assist.
Momberger says she likes the idea of “coffee with the council” or something similar to replace comments at meetings. One reason:
My city reporter, Kristina Hernandez, must get their stories turned in by about 8:30 p.m. to make it into print the next morning, and public comment has more than once delayed the meat of a meeting right out of our morning edition.