Mayor Chris Beutler today proclaimed the week of March 11 through 17 as "Sunshine Week" to highlight City governments efforts to be transparent and provide access to public information. Sunshine Week is a non-partisan national initiative started in 2005 to promote awareness of the importance of open government and the freedom of information.
"Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing and why," Mayor Beutler said. "It's your government, and a government by the people and for the people must have the tools and resources to hold accountable the public officials they have entrusted.
It is important to publicize these tools and resources to enlighten and empower our citizens to play an active role in their government in order to makes their lives better and their communities stronger. In Lincoln, I am proud of the efforts we make each and every day to make government open and accessible."
Beutler commended City Ombudsman Lin Quenzer and City Clerk Joan Ross for their efforts to provide access to information and for their personal assistance to help residents resolve issues with City government. He said the City's efforts to be transparent include the Taking Charge public engagement initiative and the Citizen Satisfaction Survey now available online at lincoln.ne.gov. Other ways the City of Lincoln promotes open government include the following:
More information on Sunshine Week is available at sunshineweek.org.