Tuesday night, though,
Both were citing the
"This permit-tracking system is long awaited," Chase said.
According to city officials, current software has been used to process 150,000 building permits in the past 23 years. But as technology has advanced,
For city workers, it can take 25 or more steps to produce an invoice and three separate logins to print a document, according to a staff report. Permit applicants sometimes have to wait two months for a decision on their application when it should only take about a week, Chase said.
With the new system, users will have 24-hour access on their mobile devices and will be able to track their permits as they progress through the system. City officials will be able to check progress when they are in the field.
The new system is part of modernization of city permit processes that Chase vowed to undertake two years ago when he began working for
"What we're trying to do is get predictable," Chase said. "We're saying, 'It should take X amount of time for a decision to be made up or down.' ... It fits into the whole notion of government being accountable to both proponents and opponents of projects, but also to the applicants paying fees."
In other news:
The brunt of the criticism in the 17-page report was directed at Mayor
During Tuesday's meeting, citizen
"Most of us feel there have been a lot of Brown Act violations from closed session," said Malloy, referring to state rules on how public business is conducted. "There are a lot of things going on in those sessions that get out and are leaked."
Speaking to Silva and the council, Malloy added, "We as citizens want to make sure you look at other leaks, not just the mayor's. I'm not saying what he did was right. But there are other leaks. I think as leaders of the city I want to see you react to things like this."
During his time in
Cruz said he leaves feeling optimistic about
"I think there's a renewed energy for the city," he said. "That's the part I'll miss. It's back on the upswing. There's a lot of good that's coming down the road. That's what I'll miss, not to see it all the way through."
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