Sunshine Ordinance to be Named After Sanjiv Handa

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The term "gadfly" may be a point of contention, but there's no debate that Sanjiv Handa made an indelible imprint on Oakland politics, at least to those who attended the city council meetings at which he was a frequent — no, constant — speaker. Yesterday afternoon the council voted 5-3 to rename Oakland's Sunshine Ordinance, which mandates open government and accessibility to public meetings, after Handa, who died in December. Trib writer Matt Artz reports that even though the League of Women Voters backed the ordinance, Handa invoked it more than anyone else.

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