The City of La Habra Heights continues its crackdown on the broadcast of public comments by attempting to control the methods and tools used by journalists to record and broadcast public meetings.
The City Council recently discussed banning the broadcast of Public Comments on cable TV channel 3, but chose to table the matter until January 2015. At that time the City Council may decide to cease recording comments made by the public at open meetings. If this occurs, the only recording and posting of the public comment section of City Council Meetings, and most likely Planning Commission meetings, would be by local journalists.
From The California Brown Act (Open Meeting Law)
RECORDS AND RECORDINGS
'…the public is specifically allowed to use audio or video tape recorders or still or motion picture cameras at a meeting to record the proceedings, absent a reasonable finding by the legislative body that
noise, illumination, or obstruction of view caused by recorders or cameras would persistently disrupt the proceedings .32
Similarly, a legislative body cannot prohibit or restrict the public broadcast of its open and public meetings without making a reasonable finding that the noise, illumination, or obstruction of view would persistently disrupt the proceedings.'
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