Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2010 06:36:08 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – An attempt to craft a new “code of conduct” for City Council members is still unfinished, and some proposals have aroused fear of censorship among the council’s minority bloc.

“They’re trying to say we don’t get along, but what it is, is we don’t conform,” 2nd Ward City Councilman Jason Desjardins said Wednesday.

Other council members said the objective is not to silence dissent, but to elevate politics above the sporadic verbal frays of past years.

“I’m always supportive of people working together to improve their ability to work together,” 4th Ward Councilman Fred Shorett said.

The council met Tuesday for a special meeting that was a follow-up to the workshop that City Manager Charles McNeely convened in late March.

Proposed rules included an admonition against personal comments on the dais, a call for the council to “speak with one voice,” and a prohibition on the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.

Many proposals were changed from the version council members received before the meeting. The word “shall,” which mandates behavior, was often replaced by “should.”

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