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Submitted by on 1, July 2, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

This has been a tough month or so for folks who watch public meetings of our local governing bodies on teevee or the city’s website: Technical difficulties have kept huge chunks of several meetings off the air.

Last week, viewers missed a few hours of the school board meeting (where businesses suing the district over the Measure H parcel tax asked the school board to go into mediation). Last month’s blink-and-you-missed-it Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority meeting also failed to make the airwaves.

Marge McLean, the public works coordinator who’s in charge of getting the meetings on television, said the city updated the software it uses to get the meetings on the air and on the web froze its hardware (and a whole bunch of other technical stuff that, I confess, I am not really smart enough to understand).

On the web front, it sounds like the company that puts the city’s meetings on the web had their system pointing to the wrong camera. “Anybody who logged in, they got a funny graphic,” McLean said.

In any event, McLean said they’ve got the problems fixed – officially, as of last Thursday.

“Hopefully, they’re a thing of the past,” she said.

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