I've heard it said that the only way you can change Sandusky is by changing the culture. What's wrong with the culture? The secrecy. The underhandedness. The backroom dealing.
Getting my hands on a CD full of over 8,000 emails back and forth between public officials and the developer of the marina district has been downright entertaining. You can pick up a lot of info when the writers start to forget they're writing on public email accounts.
Take the following email for example. A reader can start to form a picture of the types of relationships that exist between the writers. Also note the question from Eymann that sparks the response from Kline:
Note that Eymann sees no problem with creating an "emergency" to get his project moving - and Kline answers back with a plea for patience because his "Sandusky Now" group is reorganizing. No big surprises here - but to see Eymann so candidly refer to the city's tactic of using emergency legislation to circumvent public recourse against their decisions should confirm that that's in fact why the commission so often uses emergency legislation in controversial matters. If Eymann recognizes this, every citizen in Sandusky should too.
This is just a tidbit...
(Oh, and be on the lookout for city employees' attempting to use private email accounts to avoid their correspondence from being made public like this, because that's a govhack's knee jerk reaction when he realizes that his emails can be read by the people he's supposed to serve.)