OPEN MEETINGS -- The St. Helena Star reports that the City Council has adopted a new set of guidelines aimed at shedding more light on what happens during its closed session meetings.

Under a resolution adopted Tuesday, the council will:
  • Allow for more disclosure and opportunity for public discussion of closed session items.
  • Include more details on its agendas relating to closed session items.
  • Mention during open session any matters that are anticipated to be on future closed session agendas, and determine if those talks can be held in public.

The discussion of future closed session items will become a regular agenda item at the end of each meeting.