New York City has a historically corrupt and non-transparent budgetting process. The New York City Council is also known for its extremely non-transparent funding structure whereby the Speaker of the Majority can determine a City Council Member's discertionary budget within a range of $3-$11 Million Dollars. The New York City Council has also had a slew of corruption scandels linking council members to patronage and clientialism.
The San Mateo Deliberative Poll was a countrywide deliberative event held in San Mateo, California, March 2008. The event was sponsored by Threshold 2008, a coalition of civic groups dedicated to housing problem in the country, and funded by a number of philanthropy foundations such as Open Square Foundation with additional support from the country and local partners. The event adopted Deliberative Polling in which scientific sample of randomly selected people participated two days of deliberative meetings.