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Gordon goes all high-tech with webcasts

By rgordon
Friday, July 27th, 2007 at 5:10 pm in Uncategorized.

Rich GordonSan Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon might be able to call himself the most 21st-century of the lot, making history this week with the first official webcast by a county supervisor.

“New technology brings new opportunities,” Gordon said in introducing the six-and-half-minute segment. “I’m choosing to put this webcast on the San Mateo County Web site so that the citizens of this county can hear directly from me about some of the issues that we are struggling with here in the county.”

Gordon says he hopes to post a new webcast, which is accessible from the supervisor’s Web site and requires RealPlayer to view, every two months.

This first webcast episode covers Gordon’s chairmanship of the Board of Supervisors’ environmental quality committee, charged with looking at the county’s watersheds, effects on global warming and recycling. Gordon also details the Farm Bureau’s “Fresh as it Gets” program to recognize local restaurants, hotels and caterers that buy and serve local produce. Gordon shares some thoughts on the county’s budget and the state budget stalemate as well.

Gordon said that the webcast is not just about informing residents, but about offering another venue for providing feedback.

“This is really all about my constituents and doing all that I can to ensure that they have access to their government,” Gordon said in a statement. “Not everyone has the time to attend our board meetings, and I understand that, so hopefully people will find five minutes to get caught up on county affairs in the comfort of their own home or office.”

Like most new ventures into technology, it’s worth noting, this one was not without its hiccups. When Gordon’s office first announced the venture, the Insider discovered that the webcast wasn’t accessible for users outside the county’s system.

It took them about half a day to fix. That said, it might be a while before Gordon goes really 21st-century and puts himself on YouTube.

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