Sacramento County, in coordination with Sacramento Metro Cable 14, the local government TV station that airs public meetings on Channel 14, has added a new LiveStream feature. Public meetings, including those of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meetings, can now be viewed from mobile devices.
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The Board of Supervisors and the Clerk of the Board, in collaboration with the Department of Technology, submitted, and was awarded a Public, Education and Government Channel Facilities grant to provide residents live streaming of Metro Cable 14 broadcasts. The grant was awarded by the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission. Providing greater access to the Board of Supervisor public meetings via mobile devices is part of an ongoing effort to engage citizens and demonstrate transparency of the public meeting process that is the vehicle to carry out County governance, operations and policy.
Over the last year, Sacramento County has also been working to make it easier and more efficient for residents to participate in local government decisions. Recently, the Public Comment link was made available to submit comments electronically on specific Board of Supervisors meeting agenda topics. Comments may be submitted up until the meeting begins, but to have them distributed prior to the meeting for review by the Supervisors, comments must be posted one business day before the meeting start time. For those attending a Board of Supervisors meeting, members of the public can sign up electronically to speak via the kiosk stations located in the Board Chambers. Additionally, in April, an improved advanced search feature on public meeting agendas was implemented to make documents and information easier to find.