Huntington Beach

Exit from PCTA is on council agenda

PUBLIC CABLE Television Authority staff televised the Fourth of July parade (PCTA photo).

A resolution approving the withdrawal of the city from the Public Cable Television Authority will be on the agenda of the Huntington Beach City Council when it meets on Monday evening.

The PCTA is a joint powers authority of four west Orange County cities – Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster – which provides cable television programming on public access channels. It was founded in 1979 as cable companies began serving the OC area.

Recently, the PCTA televised the 115th annual Fourth of July in Huntington Beach.

In January, the city council voted 4-3 to give “six months notice” of the city’s intent to leave the organization. The cities of Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley are involved in a lawsuit related to the PCTA.

If the council approves the exit from the authority, the city would create its own programming on the HB3 channel.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in its chambers in the Civic Center at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

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