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Planning Commission Meeting Crashed, Rescheduled

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Alhambra , CA

Monday night’s City of Alhambra Planning Commission meeting was cut short and rescheduled after an unexpected interruption.

The virtual meeting had the same minor technical difficulties as most Zoom meetings, like speakers muted while talking. For this one, however, the “share screen” setting was still in effect for the audience of about 60 people.

Just after 7:30, while commissioners were asking questions about environmental impact and traffic studies, the presentation was “crashed” by an audience member commandeering the screen and drawing inappropriate images. The meeting abruptly ended.

When the commissioners returned to the Zoom meeting the city asked to reschedule the meeting to another night, with more secure settings. All commissioners voted for Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m.

For the last few days, members of various Alhambra community Facebook group pages encouraged residents to speak during public comments – always towards the end of the meeting – about an inclusionary housing ordinance, preservation of homes between Marguerita and Curtis avenues and The Villages at The Alhambra. The meeting never reached the first agenda item.

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2 thoughts on “Planning Commission Meeting Crashed, Rescheduled”

  1. I think the Planning Commission was caught off guard by the dirty pictures. Hopefully they’ll recover in time for the next meeting.

  2. Melissa Michelson

    Any ideas why the City just didn’t remove him and not let him back in rather than postpone the whole meeting? Also, what happens to all the public comments submitted? It will be better when the public can start attending safely in person.