Video Equipment Services

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA

Myrna Erway, Former City Clerk

In 2006 and 2007, CSG performed an equipment feasibility analysis associated with a conversion of the City’s government access channel from analog to digital. In this instance the City was required to take over broadcasting of all programming of the system which had been previously performed by Cox Communications.

CSG performed administrative oversight of four purchasing projects: The first pertained to portable video production equipment; the second pertained to non-linear editing system and related graphics; the third, a state-of-the-art master control room for automated digital playback; and the fourth and final project will bring in advanced graphics and relocate production equipment to City Hall.

Additionally, CSG is currently managing the installation project on behalf of the city by performing performance reviews of the equipment vendors.

CITY OF PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Julia Lew, City Attorney

In 2007, CSG has been asked to opine on the feasibility of launching government access channel for Porterville.

CITY OF IRVINE

Paul Boyer, Finance Administrator

In 2005 and 2006, CSG performed a technical evaluation and general equipment design specifications for a sample media facility to be considered as part of the City’s Great Park planning project.  CSG interviewed staff members, City Council members, and Great Park planners related to the project.  In all, proposed equipment items totaled more than $11 million. Central to this engagement was the goal to replace outdated analog video production equipment with state of the art equipment.

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CITY OF WALNUT, CALIFORNIA

Rob Wishner, City Manager

In 2005, CSG was retained by the City to perform a technical evaluation and design specifications for upgrading its studio and playback facility from an analog platform to a digital platform.  Work tasks include interviews with staff, IT integration planning, and specifying hardware and general design for use in drafting language for franchise provisions.  Walnut is in discussions with Charter Communications regarding a state video franchise. Additionally, Mr. Risk and Mr. Wishner are working with Charter to conclude a number of issues associated with PEG.

PCTA - HUNTINGTON BEACH, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, WESTMINSTER, AND STANTON

Mary Morales, Former Executive Director

In 2004 and 2005, the PCTA retained CSG to perform a number of tasks associated with determining public opinions and an ascertainment of public needs related to a renewal of the cable television franchise agreement between the PCTA and Time Warner Cable (“Time Warner”).   The focus of the research was two fold: 1) to conduct a community survey and 2) to conduct focus groups to assess government access activities and make recommendations for implementing a regional model for programming the respective cities’ government access channels under a centralized management model.  CSG conducted needs assessments, equipment reviews and other PEG related inquiries and put forth recommendations for conceptualizing and valuing this function as a precursor to renewal negotiations.  CSG in 2005 has been retained to study the implementation of the model and not only is conducting research related to participating cities, but also conducting interviews with additional participating parties, including Golden West Community College and Time Warner’s production division. 

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CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CA
Ray Hansen, Senior Administration Analyst

In 2001, CSG provided a master plan concerning equipment procurement and other elements pertaining to the municipal programming operations and facilities. Equipment purchases spanning three phases were contemplated for a total capital budget of $550,000. Work included negotiations with the cable company for cost recovery and some review of the company’s existing public access production inventory.

CITY OF ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA

Bill Kelly, Former City Manager

In 1994, CSG assisted the City negotiate $290,000 in capital improvement funds for use in purchasing a five camera teleproduction facility in the City Council chambers.  Service included evaluation of needs, bid specifications, selection of vendor, installation sign-off, and training of staff.   


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CITY OF GLENDORA

Connie Tiffany, Library-Cable TV Director

In 1994, CSG performed a technical evaluation and design specifications for an RFP to construct and install a $100,000 television production and cablecasting facility in the City Council chambers.  Services included evaluation of bids, selection of vendor, installation sign-off and training of staff.  

CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA

Annie Hylton, Public Affairs

In 1993, CSG developed a master plan for public, educational, and government access channel utilization.  Services included management of a $250,000 equipment procurement project, planning for organizational development, and needs ascertainment.  CSG also assisted the City in identifying funding resources to provide long term operating support for access organizations.  CSG was retained to provide contract services related to production of live broadcasts of City Council meetings.

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CITY OF MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA

Rod Gould, Former City Manager

In 1991, CSG was engaged to document television needs related to their City Council chambers.  CSG developed purchase specifications and supervised the installation of this $100,000 municipal production facility.  CSG commented on the cable company's signal transmission of community access channels.  In 1993, CSG returned to the City to assist in an ownership transfer between Cablevision and Century, which resulted in additional funds for maintenance and repair of teleproduction equipment.  In 2001, CSG revisited capital needs of the City’s non-profit access corporation, Community Media of the Foothills.  

CITY OF YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA

Glenn Yasui, Sr. Administrative Assistant

In 1992-1993, CSG provided the City and it's Council with a technical evaluation and design specifications for an RFP to construct and install a $125,000 television production and cablecasting facility in the City Council chambers.  Services included evaluation of bids, selection of vendor, installation sign-off, and training of staff.  CSG was retained to provide contract services related to production of live broadcasts of City Council meetings.

 

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CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Mike Daly, Former Assistant Administrative Services Director

In 1992, CSG assessed the City's needs related to live cable television coverage of City Council meetings, developed purchasing specifications for new equipment, and ascertained compliance by cable operator of various franchise performance criteria.  In July 1991, CSG reviewed steps to renew the City's cable television franchise. In 1993, CSG assisted the City with equipment purchases and installation. 

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA

Fred Cunningham, Former Exec. Director, Public Affairs and Information

In 1988 and 1989, CSG provided audits of utilization of cable technology by City agencies and management of the City's Office of Cable Television.  Duties included staff supervision, budgeting, monthly reports, audits, technical inspections, management of all video productions and long-range plans for cable utilization.  In addition, CSG managed a $500,000 capital improvement involving tele-production facilities and I-Net equipment within the renovated City Hall.  From 1988 to 1995, CSG managed personnel responsible for producing all cable television productions.  During this period, CSG assisted the City in winning several nominations and awards in such prestigious competitions as ACE, NATOA, and others.

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CITY OF MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

Danian Hopp, Former Assistant to the City Manager

In 1991, CSG provided a master plan concerning equipment, staffing, budgeting, and other elements pertaining to the municipal programming operations and facilities.  In 1992, CSG managed a capital project totaling $130,000 for a City Council chamber video production facility.  In 1993, CSG conducted needs assessments and strategic planning for enforcing provisions of the franchise dealing with public, educational, and government access television.  In 1994, CSG implemented and managed a community access television model at Mission Viejo High School.  CSG was retained to provide contract production services related to production of live broadcasts of City Council meetings. 

THE CITY OF CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA

Howard Crisp, Former Central Services Manager

In 1987, CSG provided a master plan concerning equipment, staffing, budgeting, and other elements pertaining to the municipal programming operations and facilities.  In 1992, CSG managed a capital project totaling $130,000 for a City Council chamber video production facility.    

CITY OF DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA

Rita Geldert, Assistant to the City Manager

In 1992, CSG provided management of a $50,000 capital improvement project involving live cablecasting facilities being installed with the City Council chambers.  Work scope also included production of City Council meetings and other special programs. 

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CITY OF SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

Allen Doby, Former Executive Director, Rec. and Community Services

In 1984 and 1985, CSG's President handled the majority of staff duties associated with transferring the Group W franchise agreement to Comcast, including the deposition and relocation of more than $1,000,000 in video production equipment and supplies to the City.  CSG was completely responsible for concept and execution of all video/cable programming produced by the City between 1985 and 1990, and purchased more than $500,000 in video equipment.

THE CITY OF GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA

Gaston Castellanos, Management Analyst

In 1988, CSG provided a master plan concerning equipment, staffing, budgeting, and other elements pertaining to the municipal programming operations and facilities.  Total capital spending amounted to $120,000 for a City Council chamber video production facility. 

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