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Nonprofit group wants Eagle Plaza suites donated to operate channel, training programs

Tuesday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to include conversation about a public, education and governmental access television channel and work space to run it.

The non-profit Community Youth Athletic/Academic Program approached the City to request authorization and support in development of a regional PEG channel. In support of the channel, CYAP is requesting that two 1,500-square-foot suites in Eagle Plaza, on Main Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, be donated or provided at a reduced rate for the purpose of operating the city’s PEG channel.

The Hesperia Water District owns the complex currently, which consists of several individual suites that are utilized for city purposes such as records storage, as well as suites leased to private businesses.

The rental rate, according to the agenda, for a 1,500-square-foot suite is $1,500 a month. Donation of two suites would result in potential annual lost revenue of about $36,000 to the Hesperia Water District.

According to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, CYAP intends to use the suites for a variety of purposes in support of the PEG channel. Purposes would include office space, a community accessible training center and a studio to film original, noncommercail, non-repetitive programming.

Topics covered in programming for the channel would include business and economics, education, wellness and public safety. Programming will also include televising local municipal county public meetings, the agenda shows.

CYAP also plans to produce a community bulletin board that residents would be able to access for information about upcoming community events as well as important updates in the event of an emergency or disaster. CYAP would direct and coordinate for the production and transmission of all program.

Depending on the council’s direction, staff would neogtiate a Memorandum of Understanding with CYAP and to work with the city’s local cable provider for the establishment of the PEG channel.

Based in Apple Valley, CYAP was founded in 2004. According to its proposal, the PEG channel will expand the ability of community residents to be more active participants in government and educational meetings by broadcasting City Council, school board and other agency meetings and interviews with government and elected officials.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave. Watch live streaming video of the meeting at www.cityofhesperia.us. More details on CYAP and its mission will be included in a story this week in the Daily Press.


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