Now, I'm really glad I went to the Sacramento City Council's retreat last week.
It was fascinating to see the interaction among the new and old council members.
It also turns out that the column I wrote will likely be the only public record of the gathering, other than the notes and recollections of the participants and city officials in attendance.
The retreat was held outside City Hall, at the Sierra Health Foundation. I was the only member of the public who was there. And the audio-video equipment that was supposed to record the meeting for posterity malfunctioned.
That word came via an exchange of emails between the City Clerk's office and Craig Powell, the head of Eye on Sacramento, a watchdog group that had raised concerns about whether open meeting laws and council rules had been followed. (They had.)
The city posts videos of all council meetings, so those who don't attend or see them live on public access cable can see their elected representatives in action. That won't happen in this case, but the lesson has been learned going forward, the clerk's office said today.
I would offer to donate my notes, but my handwriting is horrible. I doubt many people could make heads or tails out of them.