Almanac

News - May 14, 2014

Briefs: Menlo weighs policy on surveillance data

The Menlo Park police may finally get to deploy their new automated license plate readers in the near future.

Deployment has been waiting for the council to implement a new privacy policy governing the use of data obtained through public surveillance.

The council was scheduled to review a proposed ordinance governing the use of the LPRs as well as the city's security cameras on May 13. If adopted, the new regulations would require the destruction of license plate data after six months unless it pertains to an active criminal investigation or court order. Camera recordings would be kept for 90 days.

The ordinance allows sharing data with other law enforcement agencies only with the permission of Menlo Park police and only if those agencies have signed an agreement to abide by the regulations. Any city employee accessing the data without authorization would face potential termination, criminal prosecution and civil liability.

The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which will store Menlo Park's captured license plate data, will provide quarterly reports to the police department about how many plates were captured, how many were on an active "wanted" list, and who asked to review the data and why. The police will then provide a report to the council.

Go to tinyurl.com/l55zzt2 to review the ordinance.

Go to AlmanacNews.com for updates. The council meeting occurred after the Almanac's press deadline.

Benefit in memory of

Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit will be held on Friday, May 16, in memory of Amelie Le Moullac, a 24-year-old Menlo School graduate who was killed while riding her bike to work in San Francisco last August.

Members of the Palo Alto Philharmonic and a choir of community singers will perform at the benefit, along with Ms. Le Moullac's mother, Jessie Jewitt.

The benefit will take place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, located at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. All proceeds will go to "Amelie's Angels," a fund created to help children in Haiti.

Voter info online

San Mateo County residents can peruse candidate statements, ballot arguments and videos of candidate forums online and on television.

Go to tinyurl.com/muleg9z or smartvoter.org for information on the June 3 election.

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