We all hate the niggling bureaucratic rules of government — until, that is, we see what happens without them.
The new contract to operate Redding’s public-access cable channels last week was snared in a healthy debate about transparency as a narrow City Council majority voted to delay a decision pending a new round of interviews. The hangup, in part, was Councilor Gary Cadd’s desire to clarify how potential operators would ensure public access not only to the television station but also to records and meetings where decisions are made.
Cadd wants, in essence, for a private nonprofit operator — the Shasta County Arts Council or whichever entity — to comply with the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and other laws that ensure government operates in the public eye and is accountable to the decisions. He’s right to want maximum openness for the public-access station, which operates with what is essentially a city tax on Redding cable-television customers and has been the subject of bitter recent feuds.
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