For more than a month, La Cañada Flintridge officials have been inundated with comments from members of the public regarding law enforcement, a trend that continued during the Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday.
Chair Marilyn Smith told fellow commissioners that a subcommittee composed of herself and Commissioner Maureen Spiegel-Sprowles met with representatives from La Cañada BLM, a local group that has organized protests and written a petition demanding the city terminate its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, defund the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and invest in equitable alternatives. The petition had 451 signatures as of Tuesday night.
Smith said it was a “lengthy discussion last week” and the subcommittee will meet with representatives of a local group that lends support to the Sheriff’s Department. A report will be presented to the commission during a special meeting to determine a course of action.
“The plan is there will be a special meeting with the entire commission to put forth our findings and preliminary recommendations and whether or not we as a commission decide to go to the [City Council] with any findings or recommendations.
“That’s where we are now. There will be a special meeting where we will go over all of this and everything that has come to light. I think our goal is to gather as much input and data.”
Commissioners saw the La Cañada BLM petition online and received a detailed, 18-page document that includes links to studies, articles and footnotes supporting the group’s stance.
FLOCK SAFETY CAMERAS UPDATE
City management analyst Christina Nguyen notified the commission that 10 Flock license plate-reading cameras were installed on Monday, and the completion date for the installation of 29 others acquired by the municipality has yet to be determined.
There was a minor delay with the installation of the units because city officials were getting approval on some of the sites, according to Nguyen.
The cameras have been regarded as a possible public safety enhancement in a community where residential burglaries have been a concern.