Retired Founder of Access Sacramento TV and former Executive Director Ron Cooper was honored with a resolution for his dedication to free speech and community and civic engagement in a brief presentation at the California State Capitol today by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Dist. 7).

Cooper retired on August 1 after 26 years with Access Sacramento, serving first as the director of Operations and Training and then as the non-profit foundation’s Executive Director since 1992.

The resolution recognized Cooper as “a successful advocate for public and local access programming, particularly for disenfranchised and under-represented members of the community who feel their voices are no longer being heard.”

(From Left) Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Dist. 7), Arlene Cooper, and Ron Cooper.

(From Left) Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Dist. 7), Arlene Cooper, and Ron Cooper.

Cooper was joined at the presentation by his mother Arlene Cooper of Jackson, CA, Access Sacramento Board of Director’s member Edgar Calderon, and current Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin plus several Access Sacramento video production crew members who video taped the event for the channel.

Access Sacramento is the name used by the non-profit Sacramento Community Cable Foundation in running Channels 17 and 18 on Comcast and SureWest Cable and on Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse.