City Barbs was founded in 2005 by members of a small ad hoc 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 give voice to more opinions than was possible before.

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

  • Watch-dogging local government and media.
  • Encouraging and assisting citizen action.
  • Promoting openness and ethics in government.
  • Facilitating in-depth understanding of policies, processes and events.
  • City Barbs does not endeavor to become a newspaper. The primary goals are to offer facts and viewpoints that constitute alternatives to the official party line and to let others know they are not alone in their desires for reform. Sometimes that involves acts of journalism, sometimes not.


    Register to comment and/or to post articles of local interest. We welcome original content and viewpoints at this blog or through a link to yours.

    You may publish here under a pseudonym as long as you are not a public official or director of an organization that receives public money.

    City Barbs reserves the right to edit or reject any post or comment the editor finds to be nonfactual, excessively inflammatory or disrespectful of City Barbs contributors or readers.


    City Barbs earns no advertising or other revenue. It is a 100% volunteer operation. We do accept small donations from readers to help cover the costs of domain registration and hosting at Dreamhost.


    Your City Barbs editor hates getting her facts wrong and will make a correction as soon as she is aware of the need. Contact yinn@citybarbs.com if you notice an error.

    Please submit the correction in writing. This courtesy helps her to quickly differentiate between actual corrections and attempted spin.

    When a correction is made we place it 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) are corrected without notifying readers.

    City Barbs reserves the right to “nuke” posts at any time but has only done so once or twice. Since we want government to acknowledge mistakes instead of minimizing them or covering them up, we almost always choose to display in perpetuity both the good stuff and the flubbed.


    As with the handling of factual errors, watch for updates at the tops of the original posts along with dates of additions.

    Clarifications are typically found in comments sections at this site and among members of the City Barbs Facebook Group.

    Sometimes you will notice that a post contains unanswered questions and guesses as to what’s going on. This is a device used to expose the myths and faults of so-called “transparent” systems and is often more in tune with our purposes than filling in every single blank. So while we welcome unsolicited contributions of tips and background, please keep in mind that the existence of holes in citizen-accessed knowledge is sometimes partly or entirely the point of a post.

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    Page updated May 29, 2014.