Anaheim looking into shorter City Council meetings – Orange County Register

Since the City Council grew from five members to seven in December, several meetings have dragged on well past midnight.

Councilwoman Kris Murray wants to shorten future meetings sessions.

The council is expected to discuss on June 6 ways to limit the length of council meetings, which are scheduled for every other Tuesday and start at 5 p.m.

Suggestions Murray has made include limiting council member comments on issues to three minutes and moving public hearings and items taken off the consent calendar to the front of the agenda. The period set aside for community members to address the council on any topic would remain first.

“We’re here to do the people’s business in a reasonable amount of time within a reasonable hour of the evening to ensure full public participation,” Murray said at the May 9 council meeting.

“I believe these changes will help better organize and run our meetings more efficiently and achieve a quality legislative process.”

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