You want to follow city government, but you don't necessarily want to bundle up or find a babysitter and head for a nighttime meeting at . Ah, there's a solution! You can watch meetings held in the city council chambers on Alameda's public channel, Comcast channel 15 and AT&T channel 99. Alternatively, you can watch live streaming video on your computer — or catch up on meetings you missed via the video archives.
You can watch, but you may not be able to hear. Telecasts have been plagued by sound distortion, while the sound quality on video is sometimes so poor that meetings are inaudible.
Irene Dieter wrote about the problems, and the expected $175,000 solution, on her Isle Say blog back on Jan. 26. The glitches were fixed, but now they are back, she reported on June 13. You can check out a sampling of the problems on her video clip here.