Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Ocean Beach surveillance cameras going up

"We don’t want [the signs] to look so Big-Brotherish.”

One of three cameras installed at the beach (seven more to come)
One of three cameras installed at the beach (seven more to come)

After months of contention over the use of surveillance cameras along the Ocean Beach coastline, it’s all over except for the signage.

The first three cameras — in all, ten are planned — appeared recently on the walls of the community’s lifeguard tower on Abbott Street. All cameras will be accompanied by signs that warn of continuous recording, according to Conrad Wear, representative to District 2 San Diego city councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

No recording may take place before signs have been posted, Wear said.

Though the installation of the cameras appears to be a foregone conclusion, there’s some debate about what the signs should look like. Wear asked members of the Ocean Beach Planning Board last month for feedback. Two emailed back, and those comments have been relayed to city graphic designers, Wear said.

Some community members have called for softening up the signs with friendly beach images such as a seagull in flight or logos of community groups. Wear said he met with city staff last week to obtain sketches and would show them to the planning board before production.

“We definitely want to be upfront and transparent, but we don’t want [the signs] to look so Big-Brotherish,” Wear told planning-board members last month. “If we can make them more O.B.-ish, we will.”

The signs must be approved by the city attorney to ensure compliance with legal requirements, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wear said.

Rick Callejon of Ocean Beach formed Citizens Against Privacy Abuse late last year to protest the cameras. Contacted by phone, he chuckled ironically at the notion of asking the community to help design the signs, but not reaching out when deciding whether to install the cameras in the first place.

Callejon doubted any amount of dressing up would make the cameras appear less oppressive.

“You go to the beach and first thing you see is, ‘You are under video surveillance.’ What kind of message does that send?” he asked.

Callejon said police have not adequately addressed concerns his group has raised over the past several months. Among them: the lack of a plan to evaluate the efficacy of the program, the likelihood of crime to migrate away from camera view, privacy concerns, and potential for abuses.

He’s also concerned the cameras could invite vandalism. “I don’t condone this, but you do hear things,” Callejon said.

Police say recordings will be used two ways: to provide footage for investigating crimes after they’ve been reported and, less frequently, record sting operations to catch drug-related and other criminals. In addition, the high-visibility nature of the cameras will deter crime, police say.

Callejon said he’s resigned to the installation of the cameras for now but noted funding is not guaranteed beyond one year. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Oktoberfest beers to drink at home

Pick up a stein, or have this year’s märzen delivered
One of three cameras installed at the beach (seven more to come)
One of three cameras installed at the beach (seven more to come)

After months of contention over the use of surveillance cameras along the Ocean Beach coastline, it’s all over except for the signage.

The first three cameras — in all, ten are planned — appeared recently on the walls of the community’s lifeguard tower on Abbott Street. All cameras will be accompanied by signs that warn of continuous recording, according to Conrad Wear, representative to District 2 San Diego city councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

No recording may take place before signs have been posted, Wear said.

Though the installation of the cameras appears to be a foregone conclusion, there’s some debate about what the signs should look like. Wear asked members of the Ocean Beach Planning Board last month for feedback. Two emailed back, and those comments have been relayed to city graphic designers, Wear said.

Some community members have called for softening up the signs with friendly beach images such as a seagull in flight or logos of community groups. Wear said he met with city staff last week to obtain sketches and would show them to the planning board before production.

“We definitely want to be upfront and transparent, but we don’t want [the signs] to look so Big-Brotherish,” Wear told planning-board members last month. “If we can make them more O.B.-ish, we will.”

The signs must be approved by the city attorney to ensure compliance with legal requirements, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wear said.

Rick Callejon of Ocean Beach formed Citizens Against Privacy Abuse late last year to protest the cameras. Contacted by phone, he chuckled ironically at the notion of asking the community to help design the signs, but not reaching out when deciding whether to install the cameras in the first place.

Callejon doubted any amount of dressing up would make the cameras appear less oppressive.

“You go to the beach and first thing you see is, ‘You are under video surveillance.’ What kind of message does that send?” he asked.

Callejon said police have not adequately addressed concerns his group has raised over the past several months. Among them: the lack of a plan to evaluate the efficacy of the program, the likelihood of crime to migrate away from camera view, privacy concerns, and potential for abuses.

He’s also concerned the cameras could invite vandalism. “I don’t condone this, but you do hear things,” Callejon said.

Police say recordings will be used two ways: to provide footage for investigating crimes after they’ve been reported and, less frequently, record sting operations to catch drug-related and other criminals. In addition, the high-visibility nature of the cameras will deter crime, police say.

Callejon said he’s resigned to the installation of the cameras for now but noted funding is not guaranteed beyond one year. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

What Beethoven's Fifth is not

An answer to vox.com
Next Article

Finding a different world inside Samarkand Uzbek Café

Don’t miss this overachieving tent restaurant tucked away in a City Heights parking lot
Comments
2

Whether they look Big Brotherish or not, they ARE Big Brotherish, and it is a shame that they are needed anywhere in the city.

March 18, 2016

Bad Boys,Bad Boys,Whattcha gonna DO......

March 18, 2016

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close