Cable program up for consideration in West Covina

It’s Mayor Roger Hernandez’s first complete meeting as Mayor, and the very last thing on the agenda he is considering bringing back the cable broadcasts:

ITEM NO. I – 1
DATE December 2, 2008

TO: Andrew G. Pasmant, City Manager
and City Council

FROM: Chris Freeland, Assistant to the City Manager

SUBJECT: REQUEST FROM MAYOR ROGER HERNNDEZ REQUESTING THE CITY COUNCIL CONSIDER DEVELOPING A NO-COST CABLE TELEVISION PRODUCTION ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council direct staff accordingly.

DISCUSSION:

Per the City Council Standing Rules, Mayor Roger Hernndez is seeking the City Council’s consensus to instruct staff to prepare a staff report on the development of a no-cost cable television production assistant program. The interns will be responsible for operating the cable television equipment to air the City Council meetings live to cable television subscribers. Mayor Hernndez is requesting that City staff look into the steps necessary to provide live City Council meetings on cable television utilizing volunteers and Public, Educational, & Government (PEG) funds only.

FISCAL IMPACT:

Any fiscal impact will be dependent on direction taken by the City Council.

Prepared by:

Chris Freeland

  • Anon

    For a low cost way to make the meetings available to the public, why not record them and post the videos online? Can the remaining City staff make this happen?

  • calwatch

    Seriously, this isn’t hard. You have kids that need service learning hours for Boy Scouts, Key Club, their school, whatever. Digital camcorders are what, $50 or $60 at Target now? A cheap little tripod is $20. A 2 GB memory card is under $10, which will work for at least an hour, maybe two. And you can sign a producer account with Youtube for free, which allows you to post unlimited length original video. All you need is a kid who can sit through the meeting, change the cards when they run out of memory, and fire up the encoder and uploader to run overnight to convert the video into Youtube format and put it up on the web. All for under a hundred dollars and some civics teacher willing to offer extra credit for doing so.

    Roger, you’re a bright enough guy. Let’s make this happen.

  • WC Resident

    Plain and simple, Touhey and Herfert do not want the public to see them doing their dirty work so therefore they do not want the meetings televised. After all. what the public doesn’t know it is good for them(Touhey and Herfert)!

  • Anonymous

    Hey!!! Don’t you know this website is only for critcizing non-white political office holders.

    Touhey and Herfert must be doing a great job if they say so.

    There is absolutely no corruption west of the 605 (except Baldwin Park) or north of Huntington Ave. All those politicans are honest and pure as first winter snow.