CityTV, the government access cable channel for the City of Santa Monica, has developed its “Vote 2006” lineup of Santa Monica election programming leading up to the election Tuesday, November 7th.
The lineup represents City-TV’s most ambitious election programming efforts in 16 years of coverage, says a CityTV spokesman.
In all, the channel will produce 20 election shows covering races for Santa Monica City Council, Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, Santa Monica Rent Control Board, California State Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives and five Santa Monica ballot measures.
The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund and the Center for Governmental Studies are partners in the production of Vote 2006 programming.
Beyond airing programs on CityTV cable channel 16, cable channel 99 has been converted to a 24-hour Santa Monica election programming channel until election day.
“We wanted people to be able to watch our election programming at their convenience, at any time of the day or night,” said CityTV manager Robin Gee.
Time Warner is also making CityTV election programming available at no cost to local cable TV subscribers on its Video on Demand service.
In addition, voters can go to www.smvote.org to see videos and learn more about the candidates and ballot measures.
Programs and videos are being added to the channels throughout October, with the coverage culminating with live election results on election night.
A complete election program guide for Vote 2006 election shows is available by calling (310) 458-8590. The station’s centralized Web site, www.sm vote.org has a complete election program guide, streaming video candidate statements, election links and an election community calendar.
For those who do not have access to the cable channels or the Web site, Vote 2006 programs are available on DVD at Santa Monica city libraries.
“We’re very proud that CityTV is offering Santa Monica voters more local election programming than the mainstream broadcast networks and all news cable outlets combined,” said Tracy Westen, chief executive officer of the Center for Governmental Studies.
“There are crucial decisions to be made about the future of Santa Monica, and CityTV will help voters make clear and informed choices on November 7th.”