HSRA officials confirm live feed of today's meetings unavailable
- Published Wednesday, September 1, 2010, by the Palo Alto Daily Post
No live feed for meetings on rail
If you want to tune in to today's high-speed rail meeting, you'd better have money for gas and a bridge toll.
Rail authority officials told the Post yesterday they won't be streaming the three Sacramento meetings slated for today live online and most likely won't have live audio either.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority couldn't get permission to use the equipment in a room used by the state Senate in the Capitol building. Matters were made worse, when the meeting was moved to a room used by the state Assembly, said Rachel Wall, a spokeswoman for the rail authority. They had to start over.
Members of Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design, a Palo Alto-based rail watchdog group, said they have been "begging and pleading" with the rail authority to stream the meetings live for months.
Some limited coverage
Wall said today's meetings, which begin at 12:30 p.m., will be posted on line on Friday. Tomorrow's meeting at 9 a.m. will be streamed live online because it's at the Sacramento City Council Chambers at 915 I St. in Sacramento.
Meanwhile, Palo Alto's high-speed rail council committee will meet tomorrow at 8 a.m. at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
Among the topics discussed will be a property value analysis and a draft of a letter from Mayor Pat Burt in response to Roelof van Ark, the chief executive officer of the rail authority.
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