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Council OKs Public Access TV Plan

By Sondra Murphy

After months of static over logistics, Ojai is sharpening the picture on local public access television.  A second reading of an ordinance adding a new chapter to the Ojai Municipal Code received unanimous support by the Ojai City Council Tuesday. The ordinance addresses state video franchises pursuant to Assembly Bill 2987, the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 as it relates to cable Channel 10, the public access station for the Ojai area. AB 2987 opened up the prospect for the city to assume management of Channel 10 and receive additional funds for the effort. The City Council voted in 2008 to take on management of Channel 10 and its equipment, which would otherwise have gone dark Jan. 1.  In November, Ojai Public Works director Mike Culver formed a community task team of interested parties to work on a plan. That team currently consists of representatives from the City Council, city staff, School District, Ministerial Association, and

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