Any person attending an open and public meeting of a legislative body of a local agency shall have the right to record the proceedings with an audio or video tape recorder or a still or motion picture camera in the absence of a reasonable finding by the legislative body of the local agency that the recording cannot continue without noise, illumination, or obstruction of view that constitutes, or would constitute, a persistent disruption of the proceedings.
At the May 15th meeting of the Glassel Park Community Council, a videographer taping the meeting was told by assorted members of the Council that she had to gain permission from each of them before they could be taped, that she needed to provide them with copies of her video, and finally, after she questioned that she had to do either of these, was told she wasn’t allowed to tape anymore.
Perhaps worst of all, as the Friends of Atwater Village blog points out, is that the Glassel Park NC Chairman, apparently known only as “Bradley”, claims he spoke with the City Attorney’s office who confirmed that the videographer was obligated to provide them with a copy of whatever she taped.
While I believe the distinction is beyond common sense, the Brown Act does require that copies of video tapes made at similar government meetings be made available only to the public, this is only if and when the local government agency (in this case, the NC itself) is responsible for the taping. (see Brown Act, 54953.5. (b))
Atwater Village Newbie is now calling for “all videographers” to the next meeting of the Glassel Park Neighborhood Council, scheduled for June 5th at the Glassel Park Community Center.