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Opinion - March 7, 2014

Mayors go to Washington to boost TV30 funding

Mayors Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton, Tim Sbranti of Dublin and John Marchand of Livermore will be in Washington, D.C. next week to push for federal support of efforts to allow cable television system fees to be used as needed for TV30, the Tri-Valley's community broadcast system.

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Posted by Dr Marshall Kamena, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Thank you to Pleasanton Weekly for highlighting the Mayors' trip to Washington. Please know that their request is to restore the use of money already received from viewer fees (PEG fees) to filming & programming. Rather than for equipment only, this simply reverts to the previous system used for many years. It seems reasonable to be able to film & produce TV programs with the TV money raised for that purpose. The cable TV providers were instrumental 3 years ago in getting the legislature to eliminate program production from PEG fees. So now the money is still there but used on equipment only. It has had the effect in California of closing 51 Community Television channels. I believe that was an intended consequence. Go figure!

Posted by G-Money, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Mar 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

i wonder how much of my tax money mr. thorne is using to try and get a channel funded that i, nor anyone i know, actually watch...

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I thought all of our representatives had local offices. What are we to gain by paying money to fly all these people to Washington DC?

I think what they are trying to get changed is legitimate and correct although we should not have to spend all this local money to send people to Washington, assuming our representatives actually do represent us.

Posted by local2, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I don't know who the Mayors met with, but sometimes our local Representatives don't sit on the committees that control the initial fate of funding or legislation for a particular issue that may be important to cities like Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore. While our local Representatives may be supportive of the issue it may never get to a place in the process where they can vote for it. So yeah, I know it makes tax payers a little uneasy to pay for trips to D.C., but sometimes they are needed.

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