The City of San Diego is finally moving forward on its plans to wrap Mission Bay in surveillance cameras, including the camera the City has been threatening for two years to install at the end of the Ocean Beach Pier.
The OB Pier camera is part of a 14-camera security system funded by the Department of Homeland Security that are being placed around Mission Bay on city light poles, atop lifeguard structures and on boat ramps.
The OB Rag has been covering the City’s plans for a while now:
- ‘We’re Watching You’ – Surveillance Cameras to Be Installed On OB Pier and Around Mission Bay, by Dave Rice, March 22, 2010
- Creeping Big Brother in OB and Beyond, by Frank Gormlie, April 7, 2010
Here’s the recent U-T San Diego article by Elizabeth Aguilera, from June 5th:
Video from the cameras — situated at 12 locations — will feed into San Diego lifeguard headquarters and will be accessible to police as well as state and federal law-enforcement agencies, said city spokesman Darren Pudgil.
The city received $385,000 to pay for the cameras, part of a $16 million grant from the federal Urban Area Security Initiative. It applied for the overall grant in March 2009 and got approval in September of that year.
The San Diego lifeguard service is the lead agency overseeing the cameras, Pudgil said. The video footage, he added, would be “of such quality that they could be used for criminal prosecutions.”
“We are trying to protect our water entrances from various types of crime, and that could include any types of terrorist activity,” he said.
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