Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

JUNE 15, 2004 NATOA NATIONAL CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: JUNE 15, 2004

SUBJECT: NATOA NATIONAL CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP

RECOMMENDATION

    1. Authorize Gabriella Holt to apply for a Scholarship to the NATOA Convention and attend the conference as our representative, at no cost to the City; and
    2. Adopt Resolution No. Amending the 2004-05 Budget by Appropriating Funds in the Amount of $475 for membership in NATOA and $25 for membership in SCAN NATOA.

BACKGROUND

NATOA is has announced that Discovery Networks is making available two full conference registrations to the 2004 NATOA Annual Conference at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, September 15 - 18, 2004.

DISCUSSION

NATOA stands for National Association of Television Officers and Advisors. It is an organization of PEG providers joined together to provide Community Access Programs to the public and generally consists of municipalities. Their website is www.natoa.org and their yearly membership is $475 for a City the size of Rancho Palos Verdes.

SCAN NATOA is the States of California and Nevada Television Officers and Advisors and is a subsidiary of NATOA. Their yearly dues are $25 for members of NATOA and $75 for non-members. Their website is www.scannatoa.org.

Ms. Holt attended the SCAN NATOA conference in Santa Monica. She reported that the major cities were present at the meeting and discussed all sorts of "issues" with their cable providers including use of the public right of way, telecommunications issues and future court decisions. They are interested in protecting local government's right to manage their rights of way. Joe Van Eaton from Miller, Van Eaton was a speaker and discussed the City's Abrams case, and encouraged SCAN NATOA and NATOA to support the City's endeavor in this case.

Ms. Holt and Mayor Gardiner feel it would be beneficial for the City to participate in the NATOA organization.

Two registrations for the NATOA conference are being made available in the form of "scholarships" for a worthy candidate to be able to fully participate in the upcoming annual conference. Only government access programmers, producers, technicians, and their staff may apply. Applicants must be from an organization that is a NATOA member (though the applicant need not be listed as the member). The grant of the scholarship will be made based upon the receipt of a short essay from the first fifty individuals who apply. The essay (no more than 500 words) must explain why the applicant should be the recipient of the scholarship.

Recipients of the scholarship must have the resources to cover their own travel and hotel related expenses. The only expense being addressed by this scholarship is the cost of the conference registration (which includes meals and the Government Programming Awards gala ticket). The essay must be submitted no later than June 30, 2004 and only the first 50 essays will be considered.

Respectfully submitted,

Les Evans

City Manager