by Mary Tuma
While COSA’s Thursday Council meetings are streamed online and available on TV (given the provider carries it), the Wednesday session is not viewable, which is bad news for citizens unable to attend the afternoon informal question-and-answer based meetings in person.
The meetings take place at 2 p.m. in smaller rooms outside City Council chambers and offers an important preview of presentations and major policy decisions that eventually make their way before Council later in the week.
It'd be nice to think COSA took a tip from our list of New Years resolutions— "Without seeing emotional expression (not to mention the difficulty of trying to differentiate between voices), some of the most revealing nuggets from your elected representatives go unnoticed. Get a camera in there and get serious about transparency, COSA," we suggested to council at the end of 2013. Were they listening? We're not sure. But whatever the motivator, increased visibility of our public officials is a step in the right direction.
TVSA providers: Time Warner Cable digital channel 99-21, Grande Cable Channel 20, AT&T U-verse channel 99.