The price of informing the public

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Fred Sykes, a retired sheriff’s deputy who unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the West Covina City Council, questioned the council at the last meeting how it can afford keep paying for a public information officer and monthly city newsletter, Discover West Covina, yet halt the broadcasting of its council meetings online and on TV.

The decision came at a time when the city is facing a nearly $2 million deficit.

The cost savings associated with stopping the broadcasts is $150,000. I will be sending off a request later today asking how much it costs to publish the newsletter.

What do you think is more important?

A city newsletter or the access to watching the council meetings online and on the television?

Be honest. Who has actually watched those meetings online or on TV?