Politeness policy dies amid City Council bickering

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) A proposed politeness policy that asked the Menifee City Council to remain civil during meetings died after council members spent 15 minutes arguing about the idea.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday that council members mostly bickered about a sentence that asked them to discuss disagreements privately instead of sniping at each other at meetings.

Some members were concerned that could give the impression they were having closed-door meetings about city business.

Members then clashed over whether they should add the word "transparency" to the proposal to avoid such an appearance.

One councilwoman said that adding "transparency" would allow other councilmembers to use the policy as a political weapon.

Redistricting means the council members must run against each other in November.

Menifee is about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.