Despite recent calls to make Atascadero government meetings more public, city officials are pushing to reduce meeting broadcasts.
On April 28, the City Council members will decide how to modify Atascadero’s contract with AGP Video, which records and broadcasts local government meetings both on television and the Internet. Staff members have recommended the city cut online streams of all meetings, which could also kill future online archives. Another recommendation is to stop all broadcasts of city Planning Commission meetings, according to the City Council agenda.
In response to public outcry over unrecorded meetings that turned hostile, council members advocated all city meetings be recorded in some way.
City officials did not return a request for comment before press time. A representative from AGP Video declined to comment.
If all the recommended cuts were enacted the city would save about $25,650 per year.