Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/04/2013 04:53:07 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — In an attempt to increase public involvement, City Council meetings will start an hour later, at 4 p.m.

Monday’s decision was the so-called final reading — coming after two successive meetings where council members first agreed to put the item on their agenda, then approved it at a first reading — which is often just a formality. But this time, three council members changed their votes, nearly stopping the change.

Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said she changed her mind after speaking to residents who said getting to a meeting at 4 p.m. would be harder than the traditional 3 p.m., because of school getting out closer to 3. She said she was also concerned about increased costs, because meetings would presumably last an hour longer and require an hour more overtime for nonsalaried city employees who must attend the meetings.

Then, Councilwoman Virginia Marquez, who had cited those same concerns when the decision was first made before eventually voting for the change, said she would also vote no.

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