City Barbs was founded in 2005 by members of a small community group who got tired of waiting weeks for their letters to appear in the local newspapers. Thus the first, foremost, and continuing mission has always been to provide an additional point of view.

Since then the blog has also grown to embrace other purposes, such as:

  • Watch-dogging local government and media.
  • Encouraging and assisting citizen action.
  • Promoting openness and ethics in government.
  • Facilitating in-depth understanding of public policies, processes and events.

In delivering on these goals, City Barbs strives to offer facts and analyses of local matters you won’t find presented anywhere else, including countering false and “spun” narratives.


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We place a correction of fact at the top of the original post along with the date of correction. We might also publish a correction in a separate post if the error is discovered one or more days after the original story appeared.

Minor mistakes (typos, grammar, word choice, re-phrasing for better clarity) are corrected without notifying readers.

Additions & Clarifications

Watch for updates at the tops of original posts along with the dates of additions or significant clarifications.

You will also find additional insights in discussions among members of the City Barbs Facebook Group.

Sometimes you’ll notice that a post contains unanswered questions and guesses as to what’s going on. This is a device for exposing the myths and faults of so-called “transparent” local governments as accessed by citizens, and is often more in tune with our purposes than filling in every single blank. In other words, revealing holes in what is supposed to be readily available information is sometimes partly or entirely the point of a post.


Page last updated November 5, 2022.