The Temple City public can now view past City Council meetings on cable television and on the internet.
In an attempt to create a more transparent government, the City Council unanimously voted to proceed with Community Media at the Foothills to film city council meetings on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
The item was placed on the agenda upon the request of newly elected city councilmembers Tom Chavez and Vincent Yu.
According to city staff reports, three companies/organizations had expressed interest in signing a service agreement with the City of Temple City. Besides Community Media at the Foothills, Studio Spectrum, Inc. of Burbank and GP Wedding Shop and Photo Studio, Inc. of Temple City had submitted quotes to the City.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Assistant to the City Manager Gary Flod recommended contracting with Community Media of the Foothills.
“The reliability you’ll be getting from our non-profit is far superior to other profit based production companies because we exist entirely to do the types of service you need,” wrote Lance Mungia, the Executive Director of Community Media at the Foothills, in a letter dated March 23, 2009.
The non-profit organization had offered the lowest rate, $600 a meeting. GP Wedding Shop and Photo Studio, Inc. had wanted $1200 per meeting, while Studio Spectrum, Inc. wanted $3000 a meeting or $2500 per meeting if there were four or more video recorded in a month.
Under a proposed agreement with Community Media of the Foothills, the city of Temple City will be billed on a quarterly basis.
Travis Grey, Operations Manager of Community Media of the Foothills, was also in attendance to answer questions.
Based in Monrovia, the Community Media at the Foothills has experience with recording city council meetings. The non-profit organization has worked with the cities of Monrovia, San Marino and Sierra Madre.
Without any opposition, the City Council moved to work with Community Media at the Foothills to televise and stream regular and special city council meetings only. The vote was 5-0.
“People need to know what we are doing and what we are discussing,” stated councilwoman Judy Wong in an interview with the Pasadena Star News.
City Council meetings can be viewed on Charter Cable Television Channel 55 at 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. They can also be seen online at http://www.kgem.tv/category/temple-city.
Also on Tuesday night, the City Council voted to unanimously adopt Urgency Ordinance 09-925U adopting a moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and on the distribution of medical marijuana at existing businesses.
This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice today, July 31, 2009.