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WEST HOLLYWOOD : City to Air Translation of Council Meetings in Russian

August 19, 1994

Want to hear a City Council meeting in Russian?

Da? OK, check out West Hollywood, reputedly the first municipality in the country to televise a live, Russian-language "simulcast" of its regular, biweekly City Council meeting. The borscht bureaucracy, so to speak, will be available on Mondays starting at 7 p.m. on the city's information channel, 6.

Russian immigrants make up more than a third of West Hollywood's population of 37,000, according to city officials. A Russian-speaking interpreter will translate the City Council discussion and meeting proceedings.

"By telecasting City Council meetings in Russian, we hope to inform our Russian-speaking citizens about decisions that affect their everyday lives," said West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land.

The city provides live coverage of all City Council meetings in English on its municipal cable channel, 10.

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