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It looks like traffic cameras for busy intersections are only the beginning:
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said he is so impressed with results from MacArthur Park -- once known as a flourishing crime zone in the city's center -- that he believes the cameras are an essential part of fighting crime in an era of dwindling budgets and strained police personnel.
"Basically, what you can do is virtual policing," said LAPD Assistant Chief George Gascon, who oversees department operations. "You can monitor a significant number of areas without having to have an officer at each scene."
The LAPD is seeking new funding for "widespread surveillance" of the Valley and "other parts of the city."
Creeped out yet? While the Governor is conducting a pizza-stand tour to call people names (when he isn't chiding the likes of Warren Buffett for suggesting sensible tax policy), our community doesn't have the resources to police the city without resorting to chilling Orwellian tactics. If this stands as an excuse to throw up government surveillance cameras in every trouble spot, LAist wonders - what's next? It's up to the Council to make a decision on the future of this critical precedent.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.