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Torrance Hires Firm to Analyze Cable TV Fee Hike : R. H. Estates Names Park Commissioner : ROLLING HILLS ESTATES--The City Council appointed Judith Mitchell, an attorney and resident of 20 years, to fill an unexpired term on the Parks and Activities Commission. She replaces Richard Cutshall, who resigned last year because of other commitments. : Her term expires on Jan. 1, 1986. : In other matters, the council last week set April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7 as spring cleanup days. Residents are asked to put out throwaway items that trash collectors normally refuse to haul. Brush and other plant cuttings must be tied in six-foot-long bundles and construction materials are excluded from the cleanup. The cleanup days schedule will be published in the next city newsletter. : 30

March 17, 1985

TORRANCE — A consulting firm, Cable Television Information Center of Washington, D.C., has been retained by the city to prepare an analysis of Group W's proposal to modify its cable system and increase rates.

The firm served as a consultant to the city during the bidding process for the cable franchise.

The City Council authorized up to $7,000 for the study.

Two weeks ago, Group W sent city officials a 20-page proposal for increasing basic and pay services rates by $2 each, to decrease the available channels from 120 to 60 and to consolidate its community access channels and facilities with neighboring cities.

Group W officials said the changes are necessary because construction costs for the system have been double those projected.

City officials have accused the cable company of trying to renege on its 15-year franchise agreement that was awarded three years ago.

A public hearing on the matter will be held April 16.


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