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HHPNC Approves Funding for Security Cameras

The funds were approved pending a report on the final cost of the cameras.

The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council on Thursday evening voted in favor of spending up to $6,000 to pay for Internet service for four security cameras that will be located on York Boulevard and Monte Vista Streets.

The neighborhood council voted in July to enter into an agreement with vendor R&D Systems to purchase the cameras for more than $50,000. The funds come from two sources: the board set aside $24,858 in 2009 to purchase the security system for the corner of York and Figueroa, the $31,049 for the Monte Vista cameras comes from Council District 1.

The funds approved on Thursday evening will pay AT&T for Internet service for the cameras, which will feed footage to the LAPD Northeast Station in Atwater Village.

The motion, made by former board member Rick Marquez, initially called for $10,000 to pay for Internet service and for maintenance. Marquez said he was previously under the impression that the board needed to enter a maintenance agreement with a contractor before the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment would bless their contract with R&D systems to purchase the cameras. However, at the meeting on Thursday evening, Marquez said he had been informed that DONE was ready to allow the purchase, regardless of whether a maintenance plan was in place yet. 

With that information in hand, HHPNC Vice President Hector Huezo made an amendment to Marquez's motion, which would limit the spending to $6,000, pending a report back from President Monica Alcaraz and LAPD Northeast Captain Bill Murphy on the total cost of Internet service.

Board member Tom "Clyde" Williams expressed concerns over the size of the expenditure, as well as ongoing commitment. 

"We're almost 50-percent committed with this vote for the year, and we're only four months into the year. What we're doing now is what should have been done in a committee, not in front of the whole board," he said. "Then, this is a lot of money for an operation that is maintenance, basically -- to get the cameras online not just for this year, but for the next year, and the next year and the next year."

In addition to providing service for the four new cameras, the funds approved on Thursday evening would pay service for four security cameras located on York Boulevard and Avenue 50, which are currently non-operational.

Me October 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Talk about big brother watching. Sounds like police state to me.
frankruby October 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Saul they already have cams on yorl fig and fletchard so it makes no difference northeast pd have been watching
Nimby pimp October 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Sounds like a way to inhibit violent behavior and maybe save a few lives to me.
genese October 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I agree Saul.
ChickenBoyFan October 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Sometimes "Big Brotha" needs to watch. Businesses on Fig and York are glad. They pay lots of taxes to do biz here, and this supports them. Veterans Square will be safer with monitoring. It was a mess. Good work, HHPNC for dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the camera system. This was a project that was in the works for too long with the old HHPNC's. It was also great of Ed Reyes to step up. From what I understand, they are kickin in some money for the project. I think Jose Huizar has also contributed in the past. This is a perfect example of the 2 Council Districts working together to help us accomplish important issues in HHP. That's the way to cocka-doodle-do-it!!! A great big win for the community.
Punk Attitude October 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
What are the perimeters for the cameras on Monte Vista. All of Monte Vista? I worry that not putting on the entire stretch won't push criminals further down on Monte Vista until they're at Mt. Angelus. There was some "ganging" that went on at 61/Piedmont a few months back.
David Fonseca (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
From Chris Smith, former Pres. of the HHPNC: The cameras on York and 50 are operational. They can record, and the tapes can be reviewed by LAPD. They just aren't sending a live feed to LAPD Northeast right now.
Frank Mackey October 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
How much crime happens at that particular intersection?
frankruby October 22, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Seems like the crime rate is news to alot of you people.. For you new comers welcome to hlp and northeast la. Its mot perfect but our home sweet home. And like i said camaras been around dont help much. Afew years ago they whould put them up people shoot them down and so on keeps going. Waste of taxes payers money
frank van neutra lautner October 22, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I agree with this 'whack-a-mole' concern I'm not opposed to the cameras although, in addition to your point, I think continuation their use here should be reassessed at least bi-annually with robust community input. These cameras ought not to remain here for tens of years.
frank van neutra lautner October 22, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Another point, how about the city getting their act together with regarding simply maintaining the street lights around here? There have been street lights all over this neighborhood that are not functioning properly for 3, 6 or 9 months on end without repair.
Lisa Brewer October 25, 2012 at 07:29 PM
........Board member Tom "Clyde" Williams expressed concerns over the size of the expenditure, as well as ongoing commitment. "We're almost 50-percent committed with this vote for the year, and we're only four months into the year. What we're doing now is what should have been done in a committee, not in front of the whole board," he said. "Then, this is a lot of money for an operation that is maintenance, basically -- to get the cameras online not just for this year, but for the next year, and the next year and the next year." Bravo Clyde Williams. You're 100% right one. Sticking with a NC can be tough but it is where details should be worked out. The HHPNC Public Health & Safety committee operated for a couple of months and died a painful death. For deets email me at lisaebrewer@sbcglobal.net

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