OPEN GOVERNMENT -- Kimo Crossman, writing in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, calls Mayor Gavin Newsom's use of the city's governmental cable TV facilities to record his 7.5 hour State of the City address an exercise in "complete hypocrisy."

While the mayor touts technology and transparency of his efforts, he has opposed using available technology to broaden access to public meetings in City Hall, even though that is now mandated under the Sunshine Ordinance. Why are we getting Internet speechifying, rather than transparent access to City Hall meetings?
    If you've ever wanted to listen in on what are now essentially secret, backroom policy discussions and decisions being made in San Francisco's City Hall, you're not alone.
    If you've ever imagined being able to hear those conversations—while you're sitting at home or in your office, during your drive to work, while on Muni/BART, enjoying a java in your favorite café, or really anywhere—the technology is already in place. You could use your iPod or MP3 player, or listen to a podcast, similar to using Books on Tape.