After hectoring by the press, the Maple City's new city manager will publish her weekly email updates on city affairs. The summary of things going on is commonplace and Watertown Council members have for several years gotten a Friday tome on what's going on in the departments.
In Ogdensburg it all somehow became an open government argument. The CM says she will publish secret stuff in a seperate memo.
My expereience is there is merit to keeping the public in the loop on what's up, and management's effort to inform lawmakers is laudable, commonplace and not worth fighting over.
The big problem is the obsession with locking people into feelings they can't talk about things. Government should not be run on confidentiality agreements, and looking back, there are too many times the shield of "personnel matters", "pending litigation", "collective bargaining", "or discussing the background of a corporation" is a means of denying the public of information and by extension obscuring lack of performance or embarassing mistakes.