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?