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Wednesday: Portola Valley reconsiders license-plate-reading cameras

 

In the wake of a home-invasion robbery in central Portola Valley in June, followed by a public forum with Sheriff's Office deputies, a neighborhood-watch seminar and an increased presence of deputies in town, the Town Council is revisiting the question of whether to allow fixed, automatic license-plate-reading cameras in town.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road. The license-plate camera topic is the only agenda item.

The Sheriff's Office in 2014 had expressed interest in placing a few fixed, always-on cameras in town. Town officials met with law enforcement and arranged a presentation from a regional intelligence center.

After two community meetings early last year, the council opted to wait and see the effect of increased patrols and the results of other communities' use of such cameras.

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