Mayoral Candidate Zuma Dogg & Time Warner
LA Weekly nicely profiles activist and public-access television star Zuma Dogg who is running for mayor on the March ballot. But the story is much more than just Zuma, it's about shutting down public-access. "If everything unfolds as planned, on January 1, Time Warner, which owns more than 90 percent of the cable-television market in Los Angeles, will walk away from operating 12 public-access studios in L.A, which help everyday people to create hundreds of hours of content on 11 freewheeling, neighborhood-based public channels." During former Mayor James Hahn's administration, a needs assessment produced by the city supported public-access saying it fostered "participation in the democratic process.” Mayor Villaraigosa's Office, who produced their own study, said “we will cease to use the public-access studios as pursuant to the law."