Chandler issues have gone global, giving vacationing watchdogs the availability to keep tabs on the sometimes unpredictable City Council from practically anywhere. Chandler recently joined its East Valley neighbors in streaming video of the city’s public programing over the World Wide Web.
That includes council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, public service announcements, shows about the city’s history and talks with the mayor.
“The video streaming provides the opportunity for people all over the world to tune into the city of Chandler,” said city spokeswoman Nachie Marquez.
The city actually began streaming its public access cable channel online June 5, but made no formal announcements while staff members watched for bugs in the system. Things seem to be running fine, officials said, and Web surfers are slowly finding the site.
So far, the site’s peak usage was around the council’s June 22 meeting. That week, 68 users visited the site for an average of five minutes, Web editor Kim Kaan said.
Ultimately, the site will offer archived council meetings with indexed links to items as they are listed on the meeting agenda.
Chandler’s move follows Gilbert, which began streaming public meetings in February.
Unlike Chandler, Gilbert is using an outside contractor to handle the Web streaming. This allowed the town to move forward without shelling out thousands of dollars on necessary equipment, said Shawn Woolley, Gilbert’s information services and technology director.
“The main idea was just to give residents another way to view and participate,” Woolley said.
Tempe began video streaming almost four years ago. The next step for that city will be video on demand, which allows users to download specific shows to their computer.
Scottsdale and Mesa also stream their meetings online.
To view each East Valley city’s public access programing, check out their Web sites:
Chandler:http://www.chandleraz.gov" class= "content-link" target="664">http://www.chandleraz.gov, click on “Chandler Channel 11.”
Gilbert: http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us, click on “About Gilbert,” then “Gilbert Live!”
Mesa: http://www.cityofmesa.org, click on “Channel 11.”
Scottsdale: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov" class= "content-link" target="945">http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov, click on “City Cable 11 Programming”