Other countries have a tradition that political parties delegate different members to follow what specific government departments and cabinet ministers are doing. This is sometimes called a "shadow government".
Without being a political party, it would seem that Progressives in Omaha could do the same thing. There is certainly a need to track what is happening in different city departments...
For instance, why would the city Planning department come up with such a benighted recommendation as they did when they proposed a beltway around Omaha?
Someone who decides to delve into the workings of the City Finance department might be able to let us know if the city has any dangerous investments (e.g. pension fund investments that are liable to collapse or that have already collapsed). Many other cities do. Little has been heard about this aspect of the pension fund problem, however.
Omaha has an immense number of abandoned houses; we also have people who are homeless. City Planning (which houses Building Code Enforcement) could be working on a joint solution to these problems.
There are a number of people who could ably serve to monitor the activities of the Public Safety departments. More transparency on the part of these departments wouldn't hurt either.
Accountability and transparency will only happen when we, the citizens, decide that it will.