Port hearings to be broadcast for first time

The quiet, intimate ambience of Port of San Francisco commission hearings has been shattered by a march towards greater government transparency.

Three television cameras and plenty of lights were set up inside the Ferry Building meeting room Tuesday to record the Port’s commission hearing for San Francisco Government Television.

Port hearings will now be taped and replayed by the television network, but the meetings will not be broadcast live, according to Port spokeswoman Renee Dunn.

Acting commission president Stephanie Shakofsky announced the change during Tuesday’s hearing, and then she joked that a fellow commissioner had something stuck between his teeth.

“I plan on being very foxy myself here today,” Shakofsky laughed.

The normally distracting panoramic view of the bay from the meeting room was hidden Tuesday by material that was taped to the windows to reduce glare.

Port hearings have not previously been recorded by San Francisco Government Television.
 

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