Surveillance Cameras Coming To Arcata?
Looks like the Arcata City Council narrowly approved moving forward with plans to deploy surveillance cameras on the Arcata Plaza.
As one council dude noted, this doesn't necessarily mean the cameras will be installed, it just allows the powers- that- be to come up with a plan and a policy for deployment of the cameras which would still need to be approved by the council.
I'm actually not all that bothered by the thought of surveillance cameras. Hey, if someone wants to film me, have at it. Besides, we're already being watched by plenty of private surveillance cameras.
Still, I can understand the concern with the loss of civil liberties, cost and lack of efficacy of such cameras. Kudos to Arcata Mayor, Harmony Groves, and council dude Paul Pitino for showing their concerns and casting the dissenting votes.
Whether the cameras will end up on the Plaza remains to be seen. I'll have to admit I almost hope they do. It would be fun, indeed, to be able to point to progressive Arcata as first city in Humboldt to deploy that symbol of the police state: the surveillance camera.