What does transparency mean to you?

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March 4, 2013 6:03 PM

From California Forward:

Transparency, as it pertains to government, is a term often mentioned but paid little attention to by the general public.
 
As a technical term, it means "allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen." It is the opposite of opaque. 
 
But in this context, it has a more general meaning of "easy to perceive or detect." As citizens, we want every action of our government to fall under this description. To go one step further, we demand it.
 
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We have big plans for Sunshine Week. Clearly this is a big deal to those inside government and those on the periphery; we'd like to expand that circle to the entire state. We will be launching a massive, in-depth tool for local citizens and lawmakers alike to discover information about their local municipal government. We will be issuing a report detailing the state of transparency over all in California. And we will have several other simultaneous, coordinated efforts underway throughout the week. 
 
Be sure to watch closely as this affects each and every one of us on a daily basis.