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Oakland Protests Block Webster, Posey Tubes

Traffic flows freely into the Posey Tube, 6:30pm, Saturday, December 13th, 2014. (Action Alameda News)

Protesters in downtown Oakland blocked the Webster and Posey Tubes for around 15 minutes at 5:30pm last night.

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Alameda Police Ready to Purchase Automated License Plate Reader Systems

The Alameda Police Department is ready to spend up to $80,000 to purchase mobile Automated License Plate Reader systems.

The Alameda Police department is ready to spend up to $80,000 on four squad-car mounted Automated License Plate Reader systems. The matter comes before City Council next week.

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Despite Public Opposition, Lena Tam Vows Alameda Will Have License Plate Readers Before She Leaves Office

Dear Editor,

Remember this the next time her name appears on a ballot [like for the BART Board in the upcoming election]

At the Alameda, City Council meeting of Tuesday 4 Feb 2014, at about 10:30 pm during “Council Communications”, Councilwoman Lena Tam announced the results of Alameda’s Public Forum on ALPRs [Automatic License Plate […]

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Automated License Plate Reader Discussion to Continue

Mark Irons, of Alameda, protects his privacy by shielding his face from being photographed, at the ALPR forum. (Action Alameda News)

About the only thing clearly resolved from Monday night’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) forum hosted by the City of Alameda, is to keep discussing the matter.

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Alameda Police Withhold Statistics on License Plate Reader Data Collection

The Alameda Police Department has refused a public records request for statistics pertaining to its Automated License Plate Reader pilot program.

The Alameda Police Department has refused to provide, in response to a California Public Records Act request, certain statistics pertaining to its Automated License Plate Reader technology pilot conducted last year.

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City of Alameda to Host Public Forum on Automated License Plate Reader Policy

The Alameda Police Department is holding a public form on automated license plate reader policy on February 3rd.

The Alameda Police Department is planning a public forum on policy for the use of Automated License Plate Readers.

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Alameda to Hire Don Perata to Lobby for License Plate Reader, Redevelopment, Funding

Don Perata’s offices in Orinda. (Google Street View)

At its December 3rd meeting, Alameda City Council will consider a $90,000 contract with former California State Senator Don Perata that would see him lobby, on behalf of the City of Alameda, for funding for Automated License Plate Readers for the police department, and new state legislation […]

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Digital Technology Impacts Interface Between Public, Police, News Media

Scorpion micro digital camera.

Alameda, with a handful of its own high-tech companies, sits a short drive from Silicon Valley proper, or a short BART ride from Twitter’s San Francisco offices. The impact of these tech firms within a stones-throw of Alameda is changing the way local law enforcement interacts with the public, and the […]

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Alameda Police Consider All License Plate Scan Data to be Intelligence Information, Supporting Criminal Investigations

The Alameda Police department considers license plate scan data to be “intelligence information.”

Just by legally driving your own car in Alameda and having it scanned by an automated license plate reader (ALPR) makes you the subject of a criminal investigation, even if you’ve done nothing wrong. That’s the upshot of a letter from the […]

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Alameda Police Seek Automated License Plate Reader Technology

Alameda City Manager John Russo is hoping to secure, at the October 1st City Council meeting, that body’s approval to seek grant funding and ultimately purchase Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology for the Alameda Police Department.

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