CityTV, the government access cable channel for the City of Santa Monica, has announced its “Vote 2008” line-up of Santa Monica election programming for this year’s election.

The line-up represents an election programming effort of 19 election shows covering the City Council race, Santa Monica College board, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, Rent Control Board and three ballot measures. All of the CityTV’s election programming is produced in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund and the Center for Governmental Studies.

“We’ve worked hard to make it easy for voters to learn about the candidates and their stands on the issues in this election,” said League of Women Voters of Santa Monica president Amy Bishop-Dunbar. “We have something for everyone, from short candidate statements to one hour forums.”

Added Tracy Westen, vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Center for Governmental Studies, “CityTV is well known for its quality election programming.

“Our research has shown that they do the best programming in the country. Santa Monica voters are lucky to have such a great resource available to them 24/7 until Election Day.”

In addition, CityTV has launched as a centralized resource for Santa Monica election information. The Web site provides candidate statements, videos, CityTV election program schedules and useful election links.

CityTV election programming is available in a variety of ways. Scheduled election programming is shown on Santa Monica cable Channel 16. A rotation of election programs airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on cable Channel 99. In addition, videos are available on the Web at In the near future, election videos will be available free on Time Warner’s OnDemand system.

CityTV reaches over 24,000 local cable television households. In addition to election programming, CityTV airs a variety of local news, sports, performing arts and public meeting coverage.