After at least 8 years of requesting the video stream from the camera mounted on the wall in Council Chambers...a milestone has occurred.

With the cooperation of new City Manager Andy Hall, Ed Vea and possibly others; an on-demand video stream of council meetings has been created and will be available in the future on the City's Website.

Last night's Council Meeting can be viewed by clicking the above link.

While this did not unfold quite the way I thought it would, this is a big victory for transparency and community involvement. I applaud Andy Hall and Ed Vea for finally doing the right thing....which the previous City Manager Gary Brown ignored repeatedly for years.

While I may not always agree with how the City does business...I will say that I respect Andy Hall for doing the right thing and being a man of his word. The Council Video's are now available on- demand and hopefully they will catalog and post past council meetings as well.

What will Imperial Beach do now?  Is the horse already out of the barn? Will transparency at this point un-do anything that may have been done improperly by previous administrations and councils?  


Ed Kravitz February 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM
e-mail RE: Council Video and Discourse Thanks for reminding me why I don't go to council meetings. It's not just mind-numbing. It's brain cell killing! Now if we could access this with the ability to fast forward it to the next item on the agenda, or the next public commenter, that might help. Perhaps an entity like The Patch could do it. I imagine just knowing that the camera is rolling, is making these people behave better. But clearly, the public discourse on the agenda items, PRIOR to the council meeting, has the power to make these minions tend to do the public's business in the best interests of the public, rather than in their own. This is where modern electronic forums can play a part. And no matter where we are or what we are doing.... we can keep tabs on our public servants. Not only is democracy messy, it's damn hard work! Thanks, Ed. Feel free to forward, or attribute with my name, as you wish. Cheers. Tom Summers.
Andy Hall February 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Please know that it was a key priority of the Mayor and City Council that staff improve public outreach and involvement. Under their direction and with their support, it has been fun getting to know and work with residents in the community. Thanks for being willing to participate in making IB better. What a great place! Andy
Tim O'Neal February 21, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Ed, your persistence really paid off here and its much appreciated. Kudos to Ed for his relentless campaigning for web streamed video of Council meetings...kudos to Andy Hall for making this happen...and kudos to the City Council for providing Andy the autonomy needed to actively engage residents in meaningful manner and for FINALLY doing the right thing.
Tim O'Neal February 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Kravitz - I don't believe the Cox camera was moved. The view from the center was the result of a standard, everyday webcam, connected to a laptop being monitored by Ed Vea (Andy Hall's assistant) who was sitting just below the webcam's position.
Ed Kravitz February 22, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Thanks Tim! About all that's left now is to pay off the credit cards that supported my efforts. Will people actually take advantage of this new information or will they remain apathetic. I can't fight all the battles myself. The playing field seems to be a lot more level now than previously. It sure is different to be heard by city hall than ignored! Thanks again to Andy Hall and Ed Vea who had the balls to actually do it!


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