Council candidate upset Antioch City Council will meet on night of election

Dear Editor:

I just discovered and I am outraged this morning that the Antioch City Council intends to hold a council meeting next Tuesday, November 8th – election day.

My wife Tina and I do not suffer fools well. It is very ironic that not only is a meeting planned, but the agenda reflects an urgency item and two public hearings. I find it funny and convenient that these important matters are squeezed in at times when the public may not be fully available to attend.

I have not reviewed the 2015-2016 calendar completely, but it seems odd that major issues of importance seem to make it to the agenda around the time when citizens are least available.

I urge the City Council to cancel the meeting that is scheduled for November 8, 2016 and reschedule to a date and time that the community can be available.

Some will say that most voters in our county have voted early. But, considering how important and controversial our national election is this year, most will be glued to the news outlets covering the election.

So, in my view, they are attempting to sneak more decisions by us while we are looking the other way.  I am angry, as my wife and I expected the City to have greater consideration for the citizens of Antioch.

Fred Rouse


2 Comments to “Council candidate upset Antioch City Council will meet on night of election”

  1. Arne Simonsen says:

    Fred, the Antioch City Council has always met on the second Tuesday in November, which sometimes, but not always, lands on the night of a General Election. It has never been cancelled or continued to another date.

    The Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the polls in California close at 8pm; and normally results from the County Elections Office don’t start appearing until after 8:45pm which are mail-in ballot results.

    More than likely the Council meeting will be over by 9:30 p.m. depending on the number of public speakers and does include Public Hearing items which were noticed 10 days prior to the November 8th Council meeting in the East Bay Times and mailed to numerous parties.

  2. Publisher says:


    Here’s the link to the article I just wrote and posted about what’s on tomorrow night’s Council agenda.
    Allen Payton, Publisher

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