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(a) Court Reporter; Fees. The Board of Appeals shall designate a competent court reporter as official reporter of the Board. Except as provided in subsection (b) below, the reporter shall attend all hearings of the Board and shall take down by phonographic report all the testimony, the objections made, the rulings of the Board, and all statements and remarks made, oral instructions given by the Board and the voting on all cases heard by the Board. The fees for the reporter for reporting all of the proceedings and testimony as outlined above shall be a legal charge against the City and County of San Francisco.
When requested to do so by any party or parties in writing the official reporter must, within a reasonable time after the request has been made, transcribe such specific portions as may be requested and certify to the same as being correctly reported and transcribed. The fees for such transcription shall be at the expense of the party requesting the transcript thereof. The Board of Appeals shall approve the reporter's schedule of rates and fees for reporting and transcription services in connection with Board of Appeals' proceedings.
(b) Videotape or Audiotape of Proceedings as Administrative Record. In lieu of attendance at the hearing by a court reporter, the Board is authorized to use the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technology's Citywatch Cable Channel videotape of the Board's proceedings as the administrative record of the hearing. When requested to do so by any party or parties in writing, a copy of the videotape or such specific portions as may be requested must be provided by Citywatch within a reasonable time after the request has been made. The fee for such videotape copy shall be at the expense of the party requesting it. It shall be the burden of the party requesting the videotape to obtain at its own expense any transcription of the tape. If such a transcription is made, the party obtaining the transcription shall provide a copy to the Board for its records.
(Amended by Ord. 154-66, App. 7/6/66; Ord. 128-97, App. 4/9/97; Ord. 53-02, File No. 020319, App. 4/26/2002)