OAKLAND -- The City Council won't have new protocols in place Tuesday to avoid a repeat of its last meeting, when it adjourned early after being shouted down by angry protesters.
A set of strategies that include closing access to balcony seating will be discussed by the council in private Tuesday, but won't be in place for the public meeting, city officials said.
Council members wouldn't have to formally approve the rule changes.
The council barely got to start its business Sept. 17 when supporters of a family whose son, Alan Blueford, was shot and killed by police began shouting over council members.
The crowd included many Occupy Oakland supporters, who have disrupted several meetings over the past year and forced the council's Public Safety Committee to adjourn early in May.
The family and its supporters, who want the city to release the police report on the shooting, plan to attend Tuesday's meeting and say the proposed restrictions will only galvanize them.
"I think now more people will want to participate," said Scott Johnson of the group Justice for Alan Blueford.
In addition to closing off balcony seating, the city is also considering prohibiting people from standing inside a capacity-filled council chamber and from milling around outside of it. Rooms showing the proceedings on television would be open to spillover crowds, who would still be able to address the council during specified times.
"The primary goal is to make sure the city's business moves forward and the public has a chance to participate in the political process," city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said.
Several council members feared the measures might be too restrictive.
"People should be allowed to participate and fill all the seats in that chamber," Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente said. "We already have rules; we just need to enforce them."
Councilwoman Libby Schaaf said she didn't object to closing off the balconies, but was concerned that the proposals might limit the ability of nondisruptive people from being able to walk around and talk to people in the council chamber.
Council President Larry Reid had said last week that new measures would be implemented before Tuesday's meeting, but on Friday he said it was appropriate to first get buy-in from the rest of the council.
Terry Franke of the open government group Californians Aware said the proposals made public were lawful, but he said the council risked violating state open meeting law by discussing the issue in private.
The city contends that the closed door meeting is justified by a state law that allows government bodies to meet in private on matters that relate to the security of a public building.
Franke said that clause applies to threats against public access to those facilities.
"(The council president) wants political cover for this," Franke said. "That's not a basis for a closed session."
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