Six months into pandemic, public access to local government still a mixed bag

While citizen participation is a cherished part of American democracy, UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said deciding whether to meet in person “is really tricky.” … Noymer said he’d personally stick to video meetings, but for those who decide to go ahead, provisions like what Irvine and Mission Viejo are considering sound reasonable. He noted that even before the pandemic a person could have caught the flu at a public meeting. “There’s no zero risk.” [Access the Orange County Register here:]