78% in Poll Want TV Coverage of Supervisors

More than three-quarters of county voters--78%--want weekly meetings of the Board of Supervisors aired on television, a Times Orange County Poll found, but the board has been reluctant to go on camera.

Supervisors will consider a modest proposal today to tape three meetings and then submit the matter to county staff for further study, including an estimated cost for permanent broadcasts.

“The supervisors’ camera shyness is not playing well,” said Cheryl Katz, vice president of Baldassare & Associates, which conducted the poll.

Orange County is the only major county in the state that does not televise its board of supervisors meetings. One plan to do so was killed and another delayed indefinitely after some supervisors questioned the cost and worried about the potential for grandstanding.