The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to allow a city-sponsored economic development agency to remove transparency rules from its bylaws.
The Sacramento Employment and Economic Development Corp., or SEED, was granted approval to amend its rules to remove provisions that required it to follow the Brown Act, California’s law that ensures public access to meetings of local legislative bodies. It will retain language making its actions accessible through the Public Records Act.
SEED was founded by the city in 2007 and is run by city staff, but is intended to function as a private, nonprofit entity that focuses on job creation and development in distressed areas of Sacramento. It will initially focus on Del Paso Heights, with plans to expand if successful to Meadowview and Valley Hi.
The organization was awarded $150,000 in startup financing in a budget passed Tuesday by the City Council.
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SEED Corp. has struggled to find private-sector leaders interested in serving on its board in part because of concerns over public scrutiny, according to Veronica Smith of the city’s economic development office.
Smith said changing the bylaws could help the nonprofit find board members.
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