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Tonight: Portola Valley council discusses license-plate reading cameras

 

A busy night is ahead for the Portola Valley Town Council when it meets tonight (April 8) at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

The agenda includes a discussion on whether the town should employ permanently mounted cameras to photograph the license plates of every vehicle that passes through town, around the clock.

The council arranged community forums in February and March to hear presentations and discuss the cameras.

The photo images would be stored in a database overseen by a regional agency in San Francisco that receives funds from the Department of Homeland Security.

The council will also discuss the local implications of Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order mandating a 25 percent cut in water use in urban areas. Water company records show Portola Valley residents as using significantly more water than Bay Area averages.

In a staff report, Town Manager Nick Pegueros estimates that the town may need to reduce irrigation for Rossotti Field, Ford Field and the Town Center fields by 11 percent, 52 percent, and 12 percent, respectively.

Also on the agenda: a proposal to allow fundraising at the weekly farmers' market, a new contract for animal control services and a proposal to participate in an all-mailed-ballot election pilot program in the county.

— Dave Boyce

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