Our Representative System of Government: The Santa Monica City Council
Our Representative system of Democracy puts the power of setting policies, creating laws, and making decisions required to run our City in the hands of elected Politicians, our Representatives. In theory, these Representatives represent the public who cannot be in continuous assembly deliberating over public policy.
In Santa Monica, our Representatives consist of seven City Council Members, who collectively set the policies, create the laws, and make the decisions that ultimately and directly affect every Resident in the city. In theory, our Representatives act in the interest of the public and the policies, laws, and decisions which they make are intended to not only maintain, but also increase the quality of life for the residents whom they represent; that is the Residents who elected them in the first place.
In setting policies, creating laws, and making decisions, the City Council holds regular public hearings and the public is given the opportunity to provide input and voice their concerns regarding the specific and particular issues being discussed and decided. Generally at these public hearings, the City Council first obtains input and recommendations from City Staff and paid consultants. Next, the City Council receives input from the public; that is from those who are willing to make an appearance to speak or those who have taken the time to provide written comments. The City Council then, in an open forum, discusses the issues at hand among themselves; they may ask questions of staff and the paid consultants as necessary, and finally the City Council moves and votes to set the policies, create the laws, and make the decisions which ultimately affect the general public.
More often than not, those willing to join in the Public debate over the critical issues that set Public Policy have financial or business interests that are directly tied to the results of the decisions that are being made by the City Council - Our Representatives. As a result, public policy tends to be set based on business interests. Committed Residents will also attend hearings and speak, but history has shown that individual Residents typically do not have the political influence necessary to persuade the City Council members to set public policy favorable to Resident concerns.
This is where Residocracy.org's revolutionary new simple, efficient, and effective way of organizing a Community Network of Residents, who can collectively stand united on Resident Issues, will make a difference and insure that Resident interests are considered at City Hall.
Residocracy.org's E•Petition - a Voice of the Community Network of Residents at City Hall
The E•Petition will tell City Council how Residents feel on a particular issue before the City Council has a chance to make a final decision on that issue.
The E•Petition is a simple, efficient, effective, and informal way of introducing direct democracy into our system of Representative government. It can be used as a gauge by City Council members to let them know how their constituents stand on particular policies and laws which they will be voting on - policies and laws which will ultimately affect you as a Resident and a voter.
Residocracy.org's R•Petition (The Referendum) - The Veto Power of the Residents - The Hammer of Strength of Residocracy.org
What makes Residocracy.org effective is the power of the R•Petition; Residocracy.org's simple, efficient, and effective direct democracy tool that works.
The R•Petition is a legal tool provided in our representative system of government. The R•Petition is a "Referendum Petition" which can easily be circulated by Residocracy.org's community Network of Residents in a simple, efficient, and effective manner in order to effectuate real change and veto any law passed by City Council.
If enough support is gained through an E•Petition, on any issue which is subject to a referendum by the voters, and the City Council ignores Residocracy.org's E•Petition, then Residocracy.org will automatically generate an R•Petition which will be available to download and print by any member of Residocracy.org's Community Network of Residents. The R•Petition can then be circulated by the Community Network of Residents for signatures from family members, neighbors, and co-workers, as long as they are registered voters in Santa Monica.
If just 10% of the Registered Voters sign the R•Petition, within 30-days of the City Council passing a law, then the City Council must suspend the law. If the City Council wants to continue with the law or, it must first place the issue on the next general election so that it will ultimately be decided by the general public before the law or decision takes effect.
This is the inherent Veto Power of the Residents over laws passed by City Council and it is an integral part of our fundamental democratic process. Residocracy.org makes the Referendum Process easy, efficient, and effective to allow Residents to have an equal say in decisions being made at City Council.
How Residocracy.org's R•Petition makes our E•Petitions Effective
Because the City Council will know that Residents now have a simple, efficient, and effective way of circulating an R•Petition, which has actual legal Veto Power over their decisions, the City Council will consider E•Petition's that gain a high level of support from the Community Network of Residents seriously. This gives the Community Network of Residents a real voice to be heard by the City Council regarding resident issues and concerns. Residocracy.org can thus effectively become a true political force for the Residents in insuring that Resident Concerns and Issues are properly addressed by our City Council.
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