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Mayors of 4 cities served by TV30 vote to keep control of community television system

Station's financing impaired by federal law limiting use of cable franchise fees

The mayors of the four cities served by TV30 community television have voted to keep themselves in place for at least another six months as the station's board of directors.

The mayors took over control of the station two years ago as TV30 faced a quarter-million-dollar budget deficit that had caused the cities to bail out the station two years in a row to meet its payroll and operating expenses.

Up to then, and since the station was founded in 1976 as an-all volunteer community station, CTV, as it was then called, was governed by a board of directors consisting of community volunteers appointed by the mayors. When the station ran into some major financial problems in 2008, the Mayors took over the Board.

Currently, the mayors who are on the board are Tim Sbranti of Dublin; Jennifer Hosterman of Pleasanton; Marshall Kamena of Livermore, and Abram Wilson of San Ramon.

At a meeting, they decided that due to the uncertain economic climate and a number of issues that still need to be resolved regarding the future of the station, they will retain their position as the board of directors for at least another six months or until the station's financial future can be determined.

One of the biggest problems facing the station is DIVCA, which was an act passed by Congress in 2006 that prevents cities from using their franchise fees for operational expenses of community television stations. Franchise revenue can only be used for capital expenses.

Dublin Mayor Sbranti said this will have a severe impact locally as the current agreement with Comcast expires next year. Comcast now contributes 50 cents of every subscriber's monthly bill to the station. The vast majority of the station's operating revenue comes from the franchise.

"We discussed ways to participate in lobbying efforts to overturn DIVCA, along with alternative revenue sources and ways to manage the operations both with and without constraints caused by DIVCA," Sbranti said after the meeting.

"Expanded programming, web streaming and enhancements, and the development of a capital plan were other points of discussion," he said.

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Posted by Don't know
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Why is Livermore Parks and Recreation the only thing I can ever find....regardless of hour, repeated over and over.
I haven't been able to find Pleasanton Countil in a year. Is that intentionally to keep us in the dark. There is broadcasting going out because Liv Park & Rec is always there ! Isn't that a waste ? It's sure NOT serving the tri-valley.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Does anyone know where AT&T U-verse is and why we can't have it in this valley...two years after San Leandro and the "other side" have had it? Could it be "PAYOLA"................YES I AM THINKING SO!


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Don't Know,

Maybe you do not have a remote and your TV has been on the same channel for ever. Try getting off the couch and manually switch channels. Pleasanton City Council is often broadcasted on channel 29. Otherwise, maybe a voice recognition channel changer might assist you. Hope that helps.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

Joe,

AT&T came by my house(west side of town)approx 3 months ago offering U-verse. Said they had installed it a couple blocks from my house...

From the info they gave me, at this time, they seem to have better rates than Comcast with about the same plans, ect. But rates can change over night so I'm waiting for someone I know to subscribe and see what they think about it...


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Posted by Dodn't know
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

YES ! 29 is always where I go for community TV. I just seems like sometime this last year I should have accidently caught Pleasanton...instead of LIV Parks & Recs REPEATS again, and again, and again. I can't believe my luck could be that bad. WHO is checking the coverage distribution and TRI valley coverage. I honestly there was some deal where it had gone to all LIVERMORE coverage. Apparently that isn't true...so time for me to do some complaining...or Pleasanton should withdraw any contributions we may make...we're NOT being treated fairly ! Unfair treatment angers me.


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