An investigative story by Daniel J. Chacón of The Rocky Mountain News examined the number of committee meeting absences among Denver City Council members. The newspaper went through the minutes of hundreds of meetings to determine the number of meetings each member was supposed to attend and how many each missed since mid-2003, when the current 13-member council was formed. "Council members, usually in groups of six or less, pile around a table, often with mayoral appointees, department officials, business leaders and others by their side. But council members don't always show up, raising concerns that the vetting of major decisions is getting shoved to regular council meetings, one of the last steps in the process."
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