Some very important, and progressive, things are taking place.
These will all impact Montclair, in a very positive way (at least from my point of view).
One of the topics being spoken in Montclair is the concern for transparency. People have written about the incomplete Agendas that are missing attachments, the rule that residents can only speak before items are discussed at Council meetings, and so on.
The State has initiatives in at least three areas that should reassure residents (provided Montclair decides to cooperate with the State).
These areas include User Friendly Budgets, Best Practices, and expansion of the Open Public Meetings Act.
I would highly recommend that all take a look at what the state is proposing in the area of User Friendly Budgets. Montclair should be a leader, not in last place on this issue.
There is both a PDF document explaining the logic, and an Excel spreadsheet.
I’m not sure how many people get excited about these things, but I do and know of at least a dozen other people who also do. Please take a look: