Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/16/07

Access SF’s Anniversary Grantreel
by kyras
Access SF (CA)

A collection of clips in celebration of Access SF’s 20th anniversary!

ZBA calls cops on citizen who now may sue city
by Brian McCready
New Haven Registar (CT)

MILFORD — A resident’s attempt to videotape a public meeting late Tuesday ended with city officials adjourning the meeting and police arriving to remove the camera.

But in the light of day Wednesday, City Attorney Marilyn Lipton decided the Zoning Board of Appeals acted “erroneously” in calling police and having an officer take the camera from Stephen Borer, an Anderson Avenue resident who often attends municipal meetings. Police Chief Keith Mello said in a statement that the officer “erroneously advised” Borer he could not tape the meeting. Both Mello and ZBA Chairman Frederick E. Katen sent Borer apology letters Wednesday.

As for the apology, Borer said Wednesday that “seeing is believing,” as he had not received the letters, and he will file a complaint about the incident with the state Freedom of Information Commission. The letters were released to the New Haven Register Wednesday. Borer also would not rule out a civil lawsuit against the city, citing a pattern of infringing on his First Amendment rights. —>

Seymour again shifts public comment policy
by Matthew Higbee
Connecticut Post

SEYMOUR — First Selectman Robert Koskelowski has again changed policy on when to allow public comments at meetings, angering his critics who claim he is trying to limit citizen participation. At the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday, public comment was placed at the end of the agenda, a shift from the recently established practice of allowing comments at the meeting’s beginning and end. Koskelowski said that he made the change because people were taking up too much time at the beginning of meetings with issues that were not on the agenda.

“It’s silly season,” Koskelowski said Wednesday, referring to the run-up to November’s elections. “And I don’t want people grandstanding.” Koskelowski said he would still allow the public to comment at the beginning of the meeting about issues on the agenda. Opinions about any other topics, Koskelowski said, would wait until the end. —>

Verizon fiber optics to supply cable TV
by Janice Crompton
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

Peters residents soon will be offered lower prices and more choices for cable television, high-speed Internet and local phone services, thanks to an agreement approved by council Monday. The deal, which has been in the works for months between Peters, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park, calls for a 12-year franchise agreement with Verizon for cable television services through new fiber optic lines currently being installed throughout the South Hills.

…The agreement with Verizon includes a 5 percent franchise fee for the township, based on gross revenue, and a $11,300 grant from Verizon for use with public access programming. In five years, the contract calls for another grant from Verizon based on 20 cents per subscriber per month. The township likely will use the grant to purchase more equipment for its three public access channels, said township Assistant Manager Paul Lauer.

Verizon will continue to offer three public access channels for local programming, along with telephone and high-speed Internet services within five years for most of the township. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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