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Could YouTube add voices to City Hall debates?

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It’s long been a complaint of working San Franciscans that they can’t take time off to come to City Hall and put in their two cents about the latest issues affecting them.

So one candidate for mayor says he may have a solution: YouTube.

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting is calling on people to sign a petition supporting a plan to have all boards and commissions hear public testimony via the free video technology.

“City government is only going to be as good as the information it gets,” reads the petition. “And right now, most of the information it gets comes from about the same 1,000 people who have a specific self interest to come and lobby at City Hall.

“So if we want a better Muni, better schools, common-sense economic policies, cleaner streets and a cleaner government — we need to make sure more people have the chance to be heard.”

bbegin@sfexaminer.com