Hood's TV image

City commissioners Don Ammerman and Ernest Page are finding they have a formidible obstacle blocking their effort to bring Orlando City Council meetings to cable television: Mayor Glenda Hood.

To the public, Hood has maintained that she's in favor of broadcasting council meetings on Orange TV, the county government's cable channel. But her opposition to Council TV is well known. What doesn't she want the public to see? Perhaps the unprofessional way she runs meetings.

Case in point: The most recent council session on Feb. 26. When Ammerman brought up the subject of TV and its estimated $200,000 cost, Hood interrupted to ridicule him and suggest he was pandering for votes (he's up for re-election next year). Never mind that, under the council's adopted rules of conduct, Hood isn't supposed to say anything until the speaker relinquishes the floor.

Hood further abandoned parliamentary procedure when she didn't ask anyone to second Ammerman's motion that the council begin broadcasting its meetings by March 15. (Page eventually did.)

Then, after some discussion and a decision to save the issue for a future workshop, Hood failed to ask the council to vote on Ammerman's motion.

Technically speaking, that means the issue is still open, waiting for the mayor and six commissioners to return to the chamber and vote on it -- maybe in time for the council's first TV apprearance.

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