In session and on the air

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Lights, camera – history. For the first time ever, Pico Rivera began broadcasting City Council meetings on live television Tuesday night, becoming only the second city in the Whittier area to do live broadcasts of council meetings. The move, which residents have been clamoring for over at least the past five years, means subscribers to Adelphia cable service can now flick their sets to Channel 3 – CTV3 – to catch twice-monthly live broadcasts of the meetings. The meetings will be replayed daily on the channel. Residents at the meeting commended the move. “I think it’s about time, because a lot of people can’t make it to meetings and now they will see it on their cable television and be informed,” said Diane Estrella, a resident who attended the meeting. Mayor David Armenta made sure that the first speaker of the night during public comment was Joe Bueno, a long-time speaker at the meetings. He also drew special attention to regular meeting attendees. Bueno said it was an honor to be the first televised speaker at the meeting. Councilman Ron Beilke said he helped push the live broadcasts by helping the city identify grant money to cover production costs, including about $29,600 for equipment and another $20,000 to install it inside the council’s chambers. “I basically felt like I was fulfilling a campaign promise by using grant money that was previously available,” he said. Pico Rivera received a $125,000 grant from Adelphia to produce the broadcasts. Four remote-controlled cameras were installed in the chambers. A utility closet was transformed into a control booth. City officials said the first night went smoothly and came off without glitches. Residents who might be worried about possible gang retaliation will have their identities obscured when addressing the council about gang crimes. Apart from council meetings, officials later plan to broadcast community meetings held in the chambers. Along with Whittier, Pico Rivera is the second city in the area now televising its council meetings. Whittier started its council broadcasts in 1993. Montebello council members are still working on plans to televise their meetings. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more