Y-PAC (Yakima Public Affairs Channel) was founded in 1993 as a "window into government". Y-PAC helps viewers learn more about what is going on in local government by providing gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of City Council meetings, speeches by notable people, interviews with elected officials, local issues panel discussions, and many other public affairs events. Y-PAC is operated by the City of Yakima Community Relations office and is an important part of the City's ongoing effort to improve communications between the community and local government. No taxes are used to provide Y-PAC services. Charter Communications, through its franchise agreement (contract) with the City to offer cable services within city limits, pays a "franchise fee" to the City, which is used to fund all Y-PAC services. For more information about Y-PAC, contact City of Yakima Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler by phone (509-901-1142) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).