By Staff Reports
(Adelanto)— Apple Valley does it, so does Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville, and even Victor Valley College. Starting April 13, Adelanto will join the ranks of public agencies broadcasting their meetings, allowing constituents to watch proceedings from the comfort of their homes.
“There are many people who can’t get to the Council meetings because of health, transportation challenges or who simply don’t want to go out at night,” said Mayor Rich Kerr. “Now that we’ll livestream our meetings, we can connect with these folks as well as those in the Council Chambers.”
Using the city’s website CI.ADELANTO.CA.US website viewers can watch live proceedings of City Council meetings, and according to Mayor Kerr, “if they can’t watch it live, the meetings will be archived so that anyone interested can watch at a time that’s convenient for them.”
The city’s original plans in January 2016 were to stream only audio, but the decision was eventually made obtain a camera to provide both audio and video.
Although most High Desert government agencies use a provider known as Granicus, Adelanto chose to use a service known as Accela due to the ease of use, cost and reliability for the streaming services. “It’s a more cost-effective move to us Accela,” said Kerr, noting that the one year, month-to-month agreement costs the city an annual fee of $4,752 compared to $6,000 had the city used Granicus.
Kerr stated that “the City Council has had some meaty issues to deal with, and now the public won’t have to wait for the media to provide a summary about what transpired, they can either watch the proceedings live or later.”
Accela is a leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government, and the first time Adelanto will use the livestreaming service is at its April 13 Council meeting.
For more information about Accela and Adelanto’s livestreaming, contact Benjamin Pina at (760) 246-2300.