Again, No Video. What Gives, Jeff?

VHS-tapeWell, I am sure Tuesday’s Tustin City Council meeting was decidedly drab. The highlights, I am told , were the presentations made at the beginning of the Open Session. You and I may never know. So far, there has been no video posting of the meeting on their website. This is the second meeting in a row that has not been posted. The September 3 meeting, had an update of the Strategic Plan that we have been waiting to hear about.

So, what gives? Usually, even when there is a glitch, the media team manages to put up a non-functioning link that indicates the video will eventually be posted. So far, nothing for any September meeting. We sent an email off to the city clerk. Hopefully, she can shed some light on the issue.

The city has been posting video as well as broadcasting the meeting on cable TV for some time. I am not sure how many folks avail themselves of the video but, in my opinion, it is vital to continue as a show of open access to government City Manager Jeff Parker and the City Council continue to tout.

Granted, the city has been plagued with seeming glitches that frequently prevent the video from being accessed in a timely manner. But, it has always been posted eventually.

As James Taylor sings, shed a little light on this, Jeff.

Update – Shortly after we finished this article, I received an email from the city clerk’s officer explaining the problem and apologizing for the inconvenience. In part, the email said, “In August we started experiencing problems uploading the meeting videos to the website.  Our IT staff is currently working with the Granicus support staff to correct the issue and we hope to have it resolved soon. ” We still question the timing of the breakdown. However they also offered to send a copy of the video which, in the interest of open government, I took them up on. I’ll let you know of any conspiracies I find.

Of course, in the end, this sort of shoots down former councilman Jerry Amante’s complaint against his peer Deborah Gavello when he complained of the hundreds of dollars and manhours it cost the city to produce a DVD for her of each meeting.

Go figure…

About Jeff Gallagher

I am a retired peace officer from the 2nd largest law enforcement agency in Orange County. I live in and love Tustin where my family and I have resided for the past 25 years. I am a highly moderate libertarian that despises hardcore Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who is not willing to compromise for the good of the people.

Posted on September 19, 2013, in Local Government, nonpolitical, Tustin City Council and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thought that you might like to look into all of the street surfacing that is being down around our area. First they tore up our curb and the end of our driveway presumably to mitigate any standing water when it rains! They have been doing the same thing in a number of places. Then they slurried the streets in the neighborhood. But the interesting thing is that they did the streets in Al Enderle’s private development that is off Yorba between Irvine Blvd. and 17th Street.

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time and I would continue to follow it if we were not moving tomorrow to northern California to be near one of our sons. When you are in your 80’s you think about that.

    With all that is being spent on the curb and road work, I can’t help being a bit cynical about what the contract is all about and who is doing the work, especially when private streets are surfaced.

  2. Hey, Stanley, you can still follow the blog. It may be local but I have readers from all over the world.

    I have looked into the paving contracts before and found there to be a pretty simple issue in that not too many pavers submit bids to do the work. I am not sure what you mean about Al Enderle’s property. If you are talking about the area off Vandenberg Lane, the streets are all public rights-of-way and it would be apropriate to expend public funds on their upkeep. If you mean something else, perhaps you can email me so we can discuss it.

    Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Trails in NoCal. I love the area and may follow you one of these days.

  3. Yes, I’ve noticed a lot of technical problems lately also. Especially related to the certain issues and actions in the city. Are they afraid of the truth coming out?

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