UPDATE: City ‘audio’ records an annexation meeting with what looks like a baby monitor

UPDATE: Word has it that the audio recording the city attempted failed on Tuesday (We hope to have our version of the meeting up soon). I guess this has prompted the city to move the meetings not only to 5:30 at night, but to Carnegie so they can be live stream recorded and watched from home in real time. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26.

What I found ironic was this very large public meeting was being recorded with this rinky-dink device while at the very exact time, City Link had a crew over at City Hall recording the Fire Chief’s announcement of his new golden parachute job . . . oh and retirement, filled with lots of hugs from the mayor, apparently his BFF for over 20 years. Remember, when it come to City Link and media, Mayor’s propaganda is 1st priority.

Now this is transparency folks. With several city directors and task force members speaking as well as almost 200 people from the public, the city’s idea of transparency is a simple audio recording that they will ‘post to the internet’.

Funny, we can spend over $400 an episode to watch the Mayor take questions from HS kids during a ‘Shut up and Listen’ episode, but this is what we are reduced to for a public meeting of utmost importance.

Even councilor Neitzert seems to be amused by this advanced technology.



5 comments ↓

#1 The D@ily Spin on 04.12.17 at 8:33 am

A city with a 350 million annual budget can’t afford proper public notice. Yet, they build a 150 million stadium, A 30 million Bathhouse, a 30 million unoccupied office building, and a 500k private tennis club. None of which we got to legally vote for nor the city council approved. Even in Korea, China, or Syria this corruption would land an insider politician in jail.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 04.12.17 at 12:31 pm

When Huether runs for higher or any office, let’s show strong Mayor how angry voters use their veto power.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 04.12.17 at 3:29 pm

Are you sure that is not a FISA device?

#4 The D@ily Spin on 04.13.17 at 3:35 pm

City broadcast resources are reserved for Hollywood Mike. Real city business is Mr. Microphone $9.95. City government has become privatized to the point it no longer serves the public. Anyone running for mayor who doesn’t advocate replacing fascism with democracy gets my vote.

#5 Blasphemo on 04.13.17 at 6:48 pm

City payroll indicates 18 total employees under “Multimedia Support”, of which 5 salaries are between $62k – $77k, and the remainder of hourly wages are $16.28 – $31.39. These are damn handsome compensations – especially for those assigned to a lowly municipal cable TV channel. The COSF commissions “studies” costing ten$ of thousand$ of dollar$ routinely. I suggest a study be ordered of multimedia pay scales at the local TV stations. I’m betting few if any KELO/KDLT/KSFY/KTTW on-air or technical staffers are making the kind of money these COSF Multimedia Support staffers are making. Now, not all of these staffers work on “Citylink”, but the skill set to make an audio recording of a meeting would fall under video production – which, BTW, SHOULD HAVE BEEN A VIDEO RECORDING . This is bullsh*t that a recording of a public/municipal meeting like this was bungled – it’s radio/TV/multimedia 101. Heads should roll from producers down to production assistants for this kind of malfeasance. You don’t blow assignments like this – for which there is no do-over – at top shelf pay & continue to keep your job. There are low tech means to plan for redundancy/backup recordings of events like this. To fail entirely reflects profoundly poor judgement on the part of people that are paid too much.