Students, Lecturer David Lee Push Initiative to Live Stream City Meetings
Monday, July 06, 2015
KQED NEWS FIX -- The proposal, backed by the Chinese American Voters Education Committee, which Lee heads, would also require city agencies to set firm times to discuss specific agenda items and make it possible for online viewers to comment remotely during meetings. Lee says the bill would benefit youth and other groups traditionally underrepresented in local government. This includes Asian-Americans, who constitute 18 percent of voters in San Francisco. The city currently live streams Board of Supervisors and a limited number of other meetings through its SFGovTV website. Fawwaz Fikkeri, one of the students who helped draft the proposal, said he hoped the initiative would increase the representation of young people at City Hall. “To know what you want for the future, you need more youth to be there,” Fikkeri said.