I sometimes find the best way to find out what’s happening in local governments on a timely basis is to watch the meetings on TV. Some of them are now streamed via PC.
The meetings aren’t attended by the media as consistently as in the past, and the press apparently hasn’t figured out how to watch them on TV — like me — and post a real-time update on the Web.
Both The Union and KNCO have Web sites. Staffers could post in their jammies, no less.
This reminds me of the potential for “citizen journalism” in small communities such as ours: a network of freelance bloggers who post real-time updates on a Web site.
I often find the meetings entertaining too.
Here’s my report from the tail end of Wednesday night’s Nevada City Council meeting, on two consumer-oriented issues that impact all residents:
•Nevada City contradicted Grass Valley and the county and agreed to allow the use of fireworks on the Fourth of July.
The sale of fireworks in the city will be banned, however.
This contradicts two philosophies often espoused by the council: “buy local, shop local” and going green.
The money from fireworks sales and tax receipts will go to Placer county, not ours. The extra driving will create more pollution too.
Perhaps residents could organize “fireworks carpools” to Auburn.
•After first “pooh-poohing” the idea, the council agreed to approve an application for a grant for a public compost pile. I blogged about this earlier.
The free compost can be used for resident’s gardens. Many other cities have adopted this plan.
•The council also continued to discuss a proposed housing ordinance but took no action.
The council is doing a good job of working together and asking pertinent questions, but I find the “body language” in interacting with one another somewhat hostile at times.
Don’t forget, you’re on TV.