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?

  • Anonymouse

    If people really want to watch a Council meeting, they can attend in person. Cut both the newsletter and the broadcasts!

  • West Covina Resident

    Of course. Why wouldn’t you and your paper want to see the city’s newsletter eliminated. That less readership competion for you. And of course, why not keep the expensive online system: that saves money for the Tribune too. You lazy reporters don’t actually have to go the meetings and actually speak to living people and get qoutes from people who will give there name. Let the city foot the bill for your laziness.

  • Elderly Resident

    speaking for myself, I am glad I get this newsleter.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with West Covina Resident. The SGV Tribune seems to resent anything that would get in the way of its failing readership. So now it resorts to blogs to drive their revenue. This is very very sad day for journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Down with the leftover hags. Yeah with out newsletter.

  • I wonder….

    Local gov’t law isnt my specialty, but read Govt. Code Sec. 89001.

  • http://westcovinawatcher.blogspot.com West Covina Watcher

    Why so hateful on the Leftover Ladies, people? Ms. McLain just asked a question and you all ripped her a new one. Listen, I would enjoy the newsletter if it didn’t have a BLD book report in every issue. Plus, the city controls what goes in there. In the cable broadcasts, what you see is what you get with no spin.

    To each his own, I guess, but I would rather have the meetings on cable or online than the newsletter, or what it should be called, “The Herfert Herald: All the news that fits his agenda.”

  • To West Covina Watcher

    I’m sure this is not the first time McLame’s been ripped open. It just seem her position on the coverage is pretty self-serving for her and her paper. They do not want to spend REAL MONEY AND REAL RESOURCES on getting REAL COVERAGE to this area with reports who actually investigate stories. Not Lame-o’s like these two who are just running a gossip rag.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION IS THIS NEWSLETTER GIVING

  • http://westcovinawatcher.blogspot.com West Covina Watcher

    To: “To West Covina Watcher”

    Ripped open?! Geez. What’s going on in your mind?

    Secondly, do you pay attention to anything? Newspapers have no money, that’s why the LA Times just laid off a slew of people.

    Thirdly, this is a BLOG. The title is LEFTOVERS. Get a clue. I’m guessing you’re an elected official who has gotten his/her feelings hurt by what’s been said here. If that’s so: You ran for PUBLIC office. Suck it up.

    If I’m wrong, then why do you care so much?

  • To the West Covina Watcher

    i am pretty sure your a report who thinks that the only people entitled to hold an opinion are you and the people who agree with you. You can post whatever you want and draw whatever opinions you want and anyone who calls you on it is some sort politician.

  • O’Sullivan

    Ask McLame if she knows what penetration means? I bet she could tell you.