March 6, 2014
Oakland will dramatically scale back a city surveillance center after members of the City Council said early Wednesday that there were too many unanswered questions for them to approve the full plan.
Instead, the council voted 5-4, with Mayor Jean Quan breaking a tie, to gut the Domain Awareness Center so it will monitor only the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport. The center was originally designed to pull in footage from surveillance and traffic cameras and license-plate readers around the city, along with data from gunshot detectors and police records.
Now, the feeds of information must be limited to port property, 40 city cameras must be disconnected, and ShotSpotter, the city’s gunfire-detection system, cannot be used at the awareness center.