Listening to Public Works, where issue of proposed anti-dumping ALPR/surveillance cams was prompted by Gallo. Duffey of DPW said system was currently going thru Privacy Advisory, would soon get to Council. But PAC told DPW they wouldn't pass current proposal due to facial recog Image
Thao picked back up on the ALPR/surveillance system, we'll see if they add anything
From DPW's Frank Foster, he said he not only expects the cameras to come to council, but to eventually be expanded. It actually is up to Council to pass legislation, and they've ignored PAC recommendations in the past, tho
Taylor redirected the camera question, and he did it from pov of "where should public who want cameras show up to make their voice heard". Council members constantly try to undermine PAC AND OAKLAND LAW for political points.
Foster says PAC is body, meet first Thursday of each month, he says that the next opportunity is 11/4, when they'll present the info again. Pretty amazing this structure, where the issue is not whether the tech conforms to city law, it's whether residents who matter want it.
Taylor comes back and asks if the PAC does a rec or simply provides a report. Foster says that PAC already turned down first proposal, he says that they met with members of PAC in ad hoc committee and feel good about the outcome
Devries, who is city component of PAC, stresses PAC is only advisory and it will come to Council where Council can make any decision. Worth noting this. PAC is city law, meant to advise on City interactions with surveillance. But I've seen CMs attempt to undermine it regardless.
There are normative concerns about Verkada, the provider. One, of course, the products they provide have built in facial recognition. But others include, a culture of toxic masculinity and harassment, and swiss cheese security, they were hacked like soft wood this year.
Here's Verkada's egg on face security fail.…
Here's more on the wild bro culture that pervaded Verkada until they got caught…
They're on to the abandoned vehicle report. City Admin Joe Devries says that abandoned vehicles is the number two complaint received by city call center.
Devries outlines the City law, the 72 hour limit. He says its also prohibited to wash/repair on the street. He says only in emergency situation is repair allowed.
Devries says 16K abandoned complaints per year, 1300 per month. Only 25% result in a vehicle being towed. About 340 tows per month. Average time to close a request is 53 days. Devries says this doesn't include vehicles people are living in.
Devries repeats the data point, that 52% vehicles that have been complained of as abandoned are gone by the time staff get there. Devries says they are trying to create an upstream program where they re-contact complainant to see if car is still there. Image
Devries says they will also pilot a program to have DOT check on abandoned vehicle report locations before the response goes out. Devries says that the abandoned auto detail will be transferred out of OPD and into DOT by next summer.
Devries also mentions the issue of neighbor on neighbor complaints, where neighbors are simply reporting vehicles as abandoned because they don't want people parking in front of their house. Image
Devries also says they're going to start sending notices to addresses adjacent to curb areas warning them that they need to move their car every 72 hours. evries also says there's only 3 service techs assigned to abandoned auto detail, also includes encampment management duties
I have to say, I have encountered the abandoned auto detail several times during encampment cleanings and clearances, and they literally do nothing for hours at a time. Just standing around talking.
Interestingly, not much comment from Council. Auto detail is being moved out of OPD soon, but it's clear that this could also be discussed as an issue of how much OPD staffing is wasted on karen-esque complaints that are actually not important.
DOT Director Russo jumped in at the end. Again, the Abandoned Auto Detail will be transferred to DOT out of OPD by next Summer. That also means they'll have a better rationale for reducing the amount of responses.
An OPD rep says that they recently abandoned 26 vehicles off of the Union Pacific property around rail, and 14 of those were stolen.

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