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Letter: All Public Meetings Should Be Televised

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I am writing to propose that all city meetings be regularly televised and re-aired. In addition: 

  • When each meeting airs, it needs a time stamp, so viewers know what time and day the meeting originally aired, in addition to what department is meeting. 
  • There is a huge need for a schedule (prominently displayed on KALB from time to time, in addition to news outlets, etc) so viewers know when they can see the meetings televised. 
  • I advocate for increased community access to city programming. I propose that all meetings of all city departments be televised, streamed online, and archived. This includes City Council, Albany Unified School District, Traffic & Safety, and so forth. 


Since the city of Albany is branching out into social media, I encourage looking into streaming the meetings over Facebook, and other ways to increase the public's involvement and participation in city government.

City government starts with every person in every neighborhood and their access to info through various news outlets and means of technology. Thank you for your dedication and service to our community. 

Sincerely, 

Lizz Bronson
Albany, CA 

AS&R - Albany Strollers & Rollers September 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
By the way, if anyone is still getting notices about this thread... I went through the proper channels (Media Access Committee, Traffic & Safety Commission and City Council) and the T&S Commission meetings are now televised live on KALB-33. Bravo for the process!
Emilie Raguso September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
That's awesome to hear!!
Amy Smolens September 14, 2012 at 02:37 AM
July's meeting is on right now!
Emilie Raguso September 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Very cool! I'm watching it live right here: www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=544
Peter Goodman September 14, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I'm also in favor of broadcasting and archiving all meetings. I would further hope that the archives could be segmented and keyed to agenda items. Not holding my breath on that, since even the $7.000 for real minutes was deemed a luxury. As a "citizen" active on at least one committee, I felt truly dissed by this accounting. (Sorry to hijack this discussion again, but we can see how murky the facts are just dealing with recent events. The prospect of having only action minutes available 20 years from now to explain the "Gill Tract response" or whatever of the city and its various commissions is positively frightening. In this information age, we should have more information. Bandwidth has never been cheaper and will get cheaper still. Scrimping here is a very false economy measured against future costs.)

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