COSTA MESA — In an effort to keep residents abreast of City Hall events, the city has launched daily newscasts online and on public-access television.
Called "Costa Mesa Minute," the two- to three-minute videos can be watched on Costa Mesa TV (Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable and 99 on AT&T U-verse), the city's website, http://www.costamesaca.gov, and on the municipal Facebook page.
Programming is written by city spokesman Bill Lobdell.
Dane Bora, who heads the city's video department, serves as the on-air anchor.
"It's interesting tidbits of news. Some will be big news the media would cover and other things they wouldn't even write about," said Lobdell, a former Daily Pilot editor and Los Angeles Times reporter. "There's plenty to cover. I think between things going on at City Hall and police and fire, we're going to draw things from South Coast Repertory theater and schools."
The videos will be available most days before 8 a.m., so if viewers are at work or home, they can just click on them "as part of their daily routine," Lobdell said.