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SAN ANTONIO (May 16, 2019) — The City of San Antonio will begin providing video coverage of City Council committee meetings and development related boards and commissions, including the Zoning, Historic Design & Review and Planning Commissions this fall. Today, the City Council approved mid-year adjustments to the City’s general fund budget to enhance video coverage of these additional meetings.
“The more sunlight and scrutiny we can shine on the public process the better,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Councilwoman Sandoval has been a leader in modernizing our outreach efforts and inviting the entire community to participate.”
In the past year, the City has added new options for residents to participate in the policy-making process. The City Council adopted a set of guiding principles of public participation in January, which state that the City’s public participation initiatives should be meaningful, transparent, respectful, inclusive, accessible, informative, responsive, timely, convenient and continuous.
“As technology has changed, so too have our residents’ expectations for access to public information. While a copy of the meeting minutes might have been sufficient a decade ago, today’s residents want to watch the meetings and learn about what’s affecting their neighborhoods,” said District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “With this move, we’re making it easier for residents to stay informed about their city government.”
To operationalize the guiding principles, the City has hosted telephone town hall meetings on various topics, including innovation zones, the parks master plan, the FY2020 budget and dockless vehicles. In November, the City expanded its SASpeakUp program to serve as the City’s one-stop resource for all public input opportunities.
“By providing video coverage options for these meetings we are putting the Council adopted public participation principles into action. Access to information is critical for our residents to engage with their City,” said City Manager Erik Walsh.
Last night, for the first time in the City’s history, Citizens to be Heard was held outside of City Council Chambers. The meeting was held at Port San Antonio to provide easier parking accessibility and the opportunity for residents and businesses in the area to participate at a more convenient location. More information about Citizens to be Heard can be found here.
Video coverage of the meetings will begin this fall. Currently, City Council “A” and “B” sessions can be viewed live at www.SanAntonio.gov/TVSA. Archived videos in English and Spanish and Spanish language broadcasts are also available. The City also maintains a YouTube channel with public service announcements, shows about City programs and other content.