Saturday, March 14, 2009

So What's Up With SMTV3?

I've received several e-mails on SMTV3's erratic rebroadcasting of the March 10 City Council meeting. Interest in this meeting has been particularly intense due to the many important things that were discussed there, plus the colorful ways in which some communicated with the City Council about their concerns.

SMTV3, as the always helpful and useful Sierra Madre website informs us, "is the community local government access channel programmed and operated by the City of Sierra Madre." Though I do believe there is a third party involved.

The complaints have been twofold. The first being that the usual Wednesday 5:30 pm re-airing of a Tuesday night City Council meeting did not happen as scheduled. People tuned in and the show just wasn't there. City officials were contacted and appropriate actions were promised.

One person who contacted The Tattler wrote of being assured that the meeting would re-air Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, with additional re-airings Friday and Saturday evenings, plus Monday through Wednesday of next week. 

But apparently the kinks hadn't quite been worked out Thursday evening, because when those who wished to watch tuned in the meeting was nowhere to be seen. However, it did come on at 7 pm, after many people had given up and moved on to other things.

Now here is where it gets truly odd. During Thursday's re-airing (or would that be re-cabling? I must be cautious about proper terminology here), the meeting tape showed the first half of the meeting without incident. Then, around 9:20 pm, the Mayor announced the break. Since this was a rebroadcast, that was something rather unusual. And then, after a moment of the high classical music SMTV3 likes to play, the  show resumed. Only this time with Joe Mosca back in his seat!

As you might recall, for the March 10 City Council meeting Joe was in Washington DC, enjoying the fragrant cherry blossoms that bloom there at this time of year. (Something that in no way compares to the beautiful blossoms of our Wisteria vine, by the way.) His attendance at this particular meeting was by phone. Something that was to Joe's disadvantage as most of the City Council members used the time that he was speaking to chat amongst themselves or read paperwork.

This turned out to be a segment of the November 12, 2008 meeting. Very odd.

And then, at 9:30 pm, the rebroadcast of the March 10 confab resumed. This was that portion of the meeting where the "end of the rainbow" 2007 audit was being discussed.

Can anybody shed any light on these happenings? Sunspots? A disturbance on the grid? Can it be that the unquiet ghost of Stanley Kubrick has invaded the circuitry of SMTV3? 

28 comments:

  1. Is James Carlson still in charge of the broadcasts? Since James is a dear friend of Glenn Lambdin, that would explain it.
    I didn't know about this, Sir Eric, and find it very interesting.
    Hope some of your readers can shed some light?

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  2. This is very interesting, Sir Eric.
    As you know Ghost Busters has been investigating strange goings on at the illegal Cong church building, formally, Ripple Mortuary.
    This latest Channel 3 mystery looks like the work of..... poltergeists, or maybe James Carlson.

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  3. No, it's the work of someone protecting the Congs....their architect didn't make sense.
    The Congs don't want that meeting replayed.

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  4. In the words of a Cong architect it was A rebroadcast but not THE rebradcast.

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  5. So was there something from the meeting
    that disappeared from the rebroadcast?
    Did Joe's sudden appearance mean something
    else was left out?

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  6. Curly: Joe was not at the meeting. He was in Washington. The wrong segment was being shown.

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  7. This is so strange!
    I think the dirts are trying to drive y'all crazy!

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  8. No, 10:25, this is actually fun. And by talking about
    this stuff we get to figure out what is going on. Tell
    me, do you just plod though life accepting as truth
    whatever is put before your face? Like a fat apple
    dangled in front of a jackass?

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  9. I must keep better informed. Thought I was familiar with all of Sierra Madre's power players. Please, someone, explain to me who James Carlson is.
    Oh, and an educational event not be missed: as reported in her own newspaper, at the Kiwanis luncheon this Wednesday the pundit Susan Henderson will be explaining, for free, the world of newswpapering and how she belives it works.

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  10. Joe, watch your wallet, if you're going to the Susan Henderson "event".

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  11. Is it a fundraiser?

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  12. Joe - you going to that event? We could use a report on this if you are. Should be quite a revelation for those interested in information dissemination.

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  13. per the news blurb, this cultural happening, certainly not to be missed, is gratis. you can hear susan or free. you don't even have to buy lunch. Only it's ontuesday, not wednesday. reason i quit newspaperig myself. never could keep my facts straight.

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  14. Information about Sierra Madre TV 3 affiliated with Monrovia's KGEM:

    http://kgem.tv/sm/?page_id=3

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  15. The website appears to claim that City Council meetings are added within one week, but the only ones on there are a year old from 2008. That brings up a question: I don't even have cable. Why can't we watch live meetings from the City's website like other City's do? I don't think it takes much to like the video feed into the website and even if it did I think it is worth doing so that everyone has access to the public tv station that we're all paying for!

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  16. Replays have always been erratic and unreliable. There were several people who lived near the boundaries who were unable to get Sierra Madre replays and were stuck watching Arcadia for years--all because of a switch at City Hall. City Hall has more to do with the replays than they want you to believe. That's where the recourse lies.

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  17. This is not the first time that the playbacks seemed suspiciously missing, cut off, or otherwise "edited." The last time we had a big problem with it, city hall tripled the playbacks - after citizens' protests, the meeting in question was played every night, and even every day, for a while.
    Call Manager Aguilar and request more playbacks than usual, of the complete meeting, to demonstrate transparency and compliance with the expectations of the community.

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  18. Send an email:
    eaguilar@cityofsierramadre.com

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  19. Can you say Colleen McKernan? Dirt Bag Extrordenaire...

    She was appointed by the last City Council to oversee SMTV3 about 3 years ago.

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  20. By way....Why is Elaine Aguilar's sister working for the City? One would think that they would want to eliminate the perception of nepotism and favoritism in City Hall.

    But, what do you expect? All of these people were appointed by B.I.A. Dirts, still work on behalf of the B.I.A., and therefore, feel no compulsion to alter their conduct.

    I don't care how "friendly" they appear to be, they're still working for the Building Industry Association, and anyone that thinks otherwise is a fool.

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  21. Joe if you go to the Hernderson meeting be sure to record it for Glen.

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  22. Kurt, Don and MaryAnn.....don't go to the Iguana's....I mean the Kiwanis meeting, even if you get personal invites....it's a trap and they are waiting for you!

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  23. Glenn's Secret Squirrel Brigade is out with their tape recorders and ready to pounce.

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  24. Just the facts mamMarch 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM

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  25. Just the facts mamMarch 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Whoops, that’s the film coordinator not the SMTV3 Coordinator. I knew that was to easy just going to the SM web site to look it up. Now I’ll have to find that answer before I get my work done for the day, Sorry about that, see need to work on the facts and really look into things before putting info on here. Checking further on,
    http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/

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  26. I do NOT want my street name on the internet! I see a variety of patients and I do not want my patients to know where I live! Please take my street name off of the computer for this web site. Thanks...

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  27. I moved back to Sierra Madre after an absence. Now I have dish network. But I really miss the City Council meetings. What channel can we see them on if we have Dish Network? Although sometimes mundane, it gives us a glimpse of the workings of our government here...and keeps us abreast of important pending decisions.

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