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Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

$3 million? How much has this change been discussed in local press? Public Access is not about "mass quantities" of viewers. The commenter above got it right. It has to do with free speech and democratic dialogue. The franchise agreement for Tucosn was about maintaining infrastructure and opportunity for community individuals and organizations to share ideas, information and production skills. It provides a venue for people of all ages and persuasions to enliven community dialogue by making investigative documentaries and creating conversations. Social media is not a substitute for innovative use of interactive cable. Did they also remove the interactive capacity? The vivaciousness of the culture for which Tucson is respected was encouraged and catalyzed by the active CATV tools widely available though Access Tucson.

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Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

1) OK, the amount of the franchise fee collected by the city in the last three years (year by year) should be revealed with a public record request. Surely you have that protection for sunshine in public records in Arizona. Have you made that request?

2) Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? yes --
•When did that occur?
•Were there public hearings and ample reporting about that when it occurred? Where were your allies on the council?

Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? What are the levels of franchise fees being collected by the city in the last three years? Has there been a drastic change in fee collection by the carrier? The contracts put in place when the agreement for interactive services were first designed, engineered and implemented were clear in their intent to establish city interactive services separate from public access. Public access was mandated of the service provider. Tucson had a franchise structure that was a national model. I was involved in developing that and of course I'm concerned to see it deconstructed. I'll watch for additional information.
Patric Hedlund

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Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Remembering Chuck Bowden

I guess I learned how to recognize and dodge a womanizer from meeting Chuck Bowden, but not before he caught me by a leg and tumbled down some fake grass-covered stream bank just beyond the patio of one of his Tucson drinking holes. His passion was in his words, in the deep tunnels his words could blast through the cheesy grey crenulations of what you thought you knew.
He was waiting to die, in every word he wrote. Each one was a death and a rebirth and a relentless, charging drive to nail the moment, to fold each second into origami sense-poems that sprang from the page and wrapped around our souls. Once he had you inside his skin he had your mind and molded your knowing. Logic lives inside the bones. You might try to argue. It was like arguing with your own thumb, or a bunion. He worked hard for us. He couldn't help it. "This is what I do," he said. "I only know how to drink wine and file the story...."
Chuck Bowden was a one-man rite of passage for those who met him, and for those who read him. He took license and loved the romance of his own growling pessimism. But he filed those stories.
Dick Vonier was better to work with as an editor. Chuck was the guru-victim of his own talent who made no sense until, of course, transcendence struck. I sat with both of them surrounded by attorneys as we vetted my first stories for CITY Magazine. Those were rigorous sessions. Little did I know they had no E&O insurance for the publication. But they paid me well and published my investigative tales of financial crimes among Tucson's social elite as one of their first cover stories.
Thank you, Tucson Weekly, for publishing this collection of memories about a rare and dangerous creature on this earth. May telling truth through magic be contagious.
Patric Hedlund

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Posted by Patric on 03/01/2015 at 6:22 PM

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