South Bay : CABLED UP

The broadcast battle between Palos Verdes Estates residents and the City Council has finally come to an end.

The council voted last week to spend $25,000 to upgrade the lighting and sound system in the council chambers so that Cox Communications can begin videotaping the meetings for broadcast.

The meetings are expected to be shown one week after they are taped because Rolling Hills Estates already broadcasts its meetings on the same night the Palos Verdes Estates City Council meets.

John Dowsing led the effort to get the Palos Verdes meetings shown. Dowsing founded the Peninsula Coalition for Open Government, a group of residents working to have the meetings broadcast on cable television, and began videotaping the meetings with home video equipment more than a year ago. Dowsing then gave the tape to Cox for broadcast on a public access station.

The council had resisted broadcasting until it could afford to pay for quality equipment.

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