YouTube: City Hall Petitioned to Accept Public Comment Via Video

Remember in January when Phil Ting carved out a tiny, tiny place for himself in the mayoral race by protesting Muni parking tickets? We had almost started to forget about Ting again — until today, when he fired people up with his proposal for City Hall to start taking public comment via YouTube.

Bringing YouTube to City Hall is not a novel idea; we could never forget former Mayor Gavin Newsom's love affair with the video-sharing technology, which he used to record his seven-hour State of the City address.

But Ting, the county's assessor and tax collector, is proposing something that will truly make the public hearings more unbearable.

He quietly launched an online petition yesterday, asking City Hall boards, commissions, and committees to let residents submit public comments with YouTube videos.

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