How do you ensure a transparent, honest government? By holding your elected representatives accountable for their actions. The greatest impediment to runaway government is your vigilance.
ATTEND YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS AND EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH!
If you think they are doing a great job, let them know it.
If you have a gripe, tell them about it.
Come see the City Council in action in their new $70 million Civic Center, and decide if they are following the will of the people. You paid for it, you might as well use it.