Here are the public comments not read aloud during the Feb. 16 Barstow City


Barstow City Hall.

During the Feb. 16 Barstow City Council meeting, which was held via Zoom, 18 public comments went unheard by those watching online when they were not read into the record. 

City Attorney Matthew Summers announced on Jan. 19 — when 29 public comments went unheard — that comments would not be read aloud into the record during meetings, saying state law does not require emailed public comments to be read aloud. 

“Rather, the requirement is that the emails be provided to the Council and that has been done,” said Summers, who did not cite the referenced state law.

City spokesperson Amanda Hernandez told the Daily Press on Jan. 26 that City Clerk Andi Flores and Summers “developed an adjusted public comment protocol, as an interim measure to avoid any appearance of bias or confusion about who was making comments when the Clerk was simply reading comments from the public…”



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