CAPS Media returns with its long running video voter series. Every election season for over a decade caps produces and broadcasts informative videos about state and local propositions, informative videos and our video voter series to inform the public and help get out the vote for the upcoming election. Our video voter 2020 series features ventura city council and ventura unified school board candidates. The individual videos provide viewers and voters the opportunity to hear first-hand from candidates about their concerns, views and plans for the future. CAPS is dedicated to providing the community with as much information as possible so they can make informed choices in the selection of ventura city council and vusd board members. Stay tuned for broadcast information of this landmark program.
For the county, CAPS is producing a series of voter awareness videos to inform the public on the realities and changes of the election process this year. First and foremost is getting out the message that voting by mail is safe. The fact is that Ventura County has been using vote by mail for years – and it has always been safe and secure. The change this year is that every registered voter in the county is receiving a ballot in the mail. In the past only those who requested a mail-in ballot received one. The change is driven in part by the Covid 19 crisis. Vote by mail allows everyone to stay safe at home and still vote. Other changes explained in the CAPS video series include the fact that once they send in their ballot, voters can go to wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov and track the ballot every step of the way, seeing when it is received and counted in the county election headquarters.
The county campaign also includes videos on key dates: October 2nd – when all ballots are mailed, October 27th – the last day to request a ballot and November 3 – the last day to have ballots postmarked to be counted. Other videos identify the locations for ballot drop boxes throughout the county and in-person voting. All videos are airing on CAPS channel 6, stream online at capsmedia.org, county websites and posted on CAPS and county facebook sites and numerous other social media platforms.
In other news, the El Camino High School media program (ECTV) is in full-swing with innovative distance learning utilizing the caps media center. Mentor/instructor/media guru Phil Taggart has devised an extremely clever program for teaching media production to his ECTV students. Sitting in the CAPS conference room, an ECTV student conducts an interview with a guest who is seated in the CAPS Media studio – socially distanced away on the other side of the media center. At the same time the remainder of the ECTV crew can view and interact via zoom from home. The students then edit from home and deliver the complete projects for broadcast.
Due to the Covid-19 emergency the CAPS Media center is closed to members and the public until january. CAPS member/producers can submit programming via the online portal at capsmedia.org for broadcast and streaming on caps public access television channel 6 and on CAPS radio kppq 104.1fm.
All of us at CAPS Media hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this challenging time.