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Defend Public Access Ch 29 Funding

Monday, August 15, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Location Details:
SF City Hall (Polk Street side, facing the reflecting pool park and the Asian Museum and Library)

Tell your SF Supes to fund Public Access Ch 29 with a sustainable model!
We have a Comcast contract coming before the Supes on Tues, 15Aug which gives the city a
bunch of cash, but which will bankrupt the Public Access Ch. 29 operations.
Briefly: the funds will fund capital outlays (equipment), but fails to fund
the staff and infrastructure to use and deploy the equipment. So the Comcast deal
makes sure we have all the equipment, but NO staff to run it - ergo, the only community
media channel in SF, Ch 29, will shut down next year because it doesn't fund the bodies to OPERATE the
station -so Comcast wins and SF loses it's only Public Access channel!
All SF'ers needed for this demonstration and letter signing party - you don't have to be a SF resident, or a

registered voter or of a certain age to participate! We need ALL ages, especially teens and elders. You just have

to care about community media and about preserving one voice of the community on television.

Need more info:
Media Alliance

Public Access Ch 29

We need you to act in 2 ways:

1. Email or call your supervisor (list at bottom) to tell your Supe to

Reject the current Comcast contract deal and go back to the negotiating table to
get sustainable funding for the continued operations of Public Access Ch 29.
can afford this, but we need to tell our supes that it's important. It's really easy to call (on the weekend
there are message machines, and otherwise, a nice person just takes your input over the phone in less
than five minutes.

2. Be at the demonstration! Monday @ Noon to 1pm @ City Hall (Polk side)
Come for five minutes,come for 20 - sign a letter to your supe to communicate how you feel and I'll hand deliver it.

Demonstration on Monday August 15th at High Noon on
the Polk Street Steps of City Hall. We have the
opportunity to bring attention to this Comcast
sweetheart renewal deal to the attention of the Voters of San Francisco
and the people of California.

Many of us are able to produce shows of many diverse
opinions, points of view and ethnicities because of
the existence of Channel 29. A renewal of this
contract would probably mean the end of Public Access
television as we know it. As it stands, the contract renewal will NOT fund
Public Access with sustainable operational funds.

It is YOUR obligation to come out in support of
re-negotiation of the Comcast agreement so that Public
Access television can be properly funded and brought
up to speed in the 21st Century. The City needs to
re-negotiate this contract so Public Acces Ch 29 is sustainably funded.

This is the first
opportunity in 40 years since Pat Weaver started
stringing cable on our phone poles to negotiate a deal
that is right for all San Franciscans.

We have arranged for Channels 2, 4, 5, 7 & 11 to send
news crews to cover this demonstration and will
probably get 48, 26, and 14 to appeal to the Latino
and Asian communities.

If you can take a few minutes out of your day to come
out and show the Supervisors that you care about this
city, it can help make a difference.

We need someone there who can translate our position
statement into Spanish and Chinese and Russian and all other impacted communities for the media.

Contact - 415 298-9343 this weekend and it
will also be the on-site telephone number for Monday.

SF Supervisors' Contact Info:

Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, District 1

(ph: 415-554-7410, fx: 415-554-7415, email:

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, District 2

(ph: 415-554-7752, fx: 415-554-7843, email:

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, District 3
(ph: 415-554-7450, fx: 415-554-7454, email:

Supervisor Fiona Ma, District 4

(ph: 415-554-7460, fx: 554-7432, email:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, District 5

(ph: 415-554-7630, fx: 415-554-7634, email:

Supervisor Chris Daly, District 6

(ph: 415-554-7970, fx: 415-554-7974, email:

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, District 7

(ph: 415-554-6516, fx: 415-554-6546, email:

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, District 8

(ph: 415-554-6968, fx: 415-554-6909, email:

Supervisor Tom Ammiano, District 9
(ph: 415-554-5144, fx: 415-554-6255, email:

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, District 10

(Ph: 415-554-7670, fx: 415-554-7674, email:

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, District 11

(ph: 415-554-6975, fx: 415-554-6975, email:

Added to the calendar on Sun, Aug 14, 2005 1:25PM
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