Live Streaming of Council Meetings to be Available

New Internet service at City Hall will allow for live streaming of meetings.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published January 2, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

Soon, Temple City residents will be able to watch city council meetings live from their home computers.

City Hall has been undergoing an infrastructure upgrade to prepare for higher speed Internet service.

“The new Internet service will provide up to 3 Mbps (Megabytes per second), allowing the live video streaming of City Council meetings in the near future,” wrote assistant to the city manager Gary Flod in the city manager’s weekly report on August 27, 2009.

A test run by Community Media of the Foothills (CMF) will be conducted in mid-September, Flod said. Shortly after, live televising will also be available on cable television.

Flod wrote, “Live Cable TV televising on Charter Communications Channel 55 will be a few weeks later after the wiring between the Civic Center and City Hall has been completed.”

Since June 16, replays of the bimonthly council meetings have been available for public viewing on the Internet. They can be seen online at http://www.kgem.tv/category/temple-city.

The public can also view the most recent city council meeting on Charter Cable Television Channel 55 at 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

In April, city councilmembers voted unanimously to proceed with CMF to film city council meetings.

“People need to know what we are doing and what we are discussing,” councilwoman Judy Wong commented during an interview with the Pasadena Star News.

Under the contract signed, Community Media of the Foothills, a non-profit organization, will be paid $600 per meeting. CMF will work to televise and stream regular and city council meetings only.

Based in Monrovia, the Community Media of the Foothills has experience with recording city council meetings. CMF has worked with the cities of Monrovia, San Marino, and Sierra Madre.

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