Besides not having an ethics committee looking into the business of the city, agenda items are rushed into during council meetings, leaving the door open for inefficiency, graft, and a lack of transparency.
These Council procedures to rush to adjournment are the reasons why media usually overlook such matters when they report on Council actions. There are instances when microphones are dead. People don't know who makes the motion and who seconds. All you hear is the mayor announcing, "All those in favor? All those opposed? Motion passes."The only time council proceedings slow down is when the mayor speaks. He rambles, pontificates, and bores us to death, but you best not interrupt him, or talk whilst he's talking, because he's all too ready to use the gavel to keep people focused on him.