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City Council moves ahead with TV plan

Leaders approve five-year agreement for management of Channel 20

Posted: July 14, 2009 9:14 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council hustled through its last meeting before the summer recess Tuesday, moving ahead with the formation of a governing body for the local TV station.

With no discussion, the council approved a five-year agreement for a joint-powers authority to manage Channel 20.

The JPA agreement is set to go before the William S. Hart Union High School District board tonight, with a final decision on involvement expected in August.

Likewise, the COC board is expected to make a final review and decision in August.

An advisory committee will also be formed, including representatives from SCVTV, KHTS 1220-AM and The Signal, weighing in on the policies and procedures for broadcasting.

City officials have said the goal is to shape a streamlined station that serves as an educational and governmental tool, while still providing access.

Under a state law that went into effect in 2007, Time Warner Cable no longer has to provide production support for Channel 20 — also known as the Public, Educational and Governmental Access channel. Instead, it’s required only to provide the facilities.

The City Council awarded a contract to SCVTV last December to operate the channel.

In other business, the council gave the city manager’s office the OK to move ahead and award contracts for $5.2 million worth of federally funded road projects.

The city secured the funding from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law last February.

In light of the recession and tight financing, City Manager Ken Pulskamp said the money comes at the perfect time, and that the projects would have languished for some time without the federal aid.

The project list includes about $3 million in road resurfacing; $305,000 for a median at Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway; $1.2 million for a turning lane at Whites and Soledad Canyon roads; and $550,101 for work on local bridges.



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