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California County Appoints Surveillance Advisory Board

The purpose of the board will be to advise the city and council on best practices to protect the safety, privacy and civil rights of residents in connection with use of surveillance technology by local government.

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(TNS) — After a long wait, the members of the Vallejo Surveillance Advisory Board (SAB) were announced at the Tuesday City Council meeting.

The purpose of the SAB will be to advise the city and the council on best practices to protect the safety, privacy, and civil rights of Vallejo residents in connection with the purchase, borrowing, and/or use by City Departments of Surveillance Technology, a news release stated on Wednesday afternoon.

In addition, the board will conduct meetings to gather public input concerning the use of surveillance technology by the City of Vallejo and seek advice and testimony from experts in the field, allowing board members to make informed recommendations to the council and staff.

Mike McMillian was chosen to represent District 1 by Vice Mayor Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Phillip Balbuena was chosen for District 3 by Vallejo Councilmember Mina Loera-Diaz.

“I was very lucky to have a large number of people who applied, so I want to thank all six people,” Loera-Diaz said, before choosing Balbuena. “It was a tough decision, you all bring some good experience in wanting to help out.”

Brooke Redelle was picked by councilmember Cristina Arriola for District 6. Mayor Robert McConnell chose Andrea Sorce, while Naomi Tun by picked by councilmember Hakeem Brown. Adam Bregenzer was picked by Pippin Dew. Lisa Chen was picked by councilmember Katy Miessner. Miessner is an at large m was able to pick from the whole field, but picked a candidate from District 4.

There was 28 people who applied for the seven positions according to McConnell, which pleased the mayor.

“The overall quality of all 28 candidates was extremely impressive,” McConnell said. “I implore you all to continue your involvement because you are the future of this city.”

The newly created board was approved by the council on Sept. 28 of last year.

Surveillance technology is used for observation for law enforcement purposes, of places, persons, or things by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. These can include but are not limited to, devices such as:

—International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Catchers and other cell-site simulators.


—Automatic license plate readers (ALPRs).

—Toll readers.

—Closed-circuit television cameras.

—Gunshot detection hardware and services.

—DNA capture technology.

—Audio and video recording devices, such as body-worn, wide-angle, and surveillance cameras.

—Biometric software that can capture and recognize faces, voices, and irises.

—Radio-frequency I.D. (RFID) scanners; and x-ray vans.

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