Fairfield council OKs video bus surveillance funds

By From page A5 | April 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A $16,557 state grant to improve video surveillance on Fairfield and Suisun Transit System buses won City Council approval Tuesday.

The two separate proposals, on the consent calendar as part of routine items, won approval without City Council comment.

About half of Fairfield and Suisun Transit System buses are now fitted with reliable video systems. Installation of additional systems on the city buses and at the Fairfield Transportation Center will significantly enhance safety and increase the appeal of public transportation, according to a city staff report.

Funding comes from Proposition 1B, a statewide measure voters approved in 2006.

The city has received about $16,000 for the past several years and accumulates the money to improve security. An individual year’s allocation of the state money is not enough to do anything substantial, according to the city.

Fairfield plans to buy video cameras, digital video recorders, storage cabinets and similar technology.

The proposal was approved on the consent calendar as part of routine items, without City Council comment.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • The MisterApril 02, 2014 - 6:53 am

    "Installation of additional systems on the city buses... will significantly enhance safety and increase the appeal of public transportation, according to a city staff report." So putting Big Brother security on the rest of the buses will increase the appeal of riding city buses? Really? Do you have anything to substantiate that? Sounds more like BS to justify the City taking more "free" money... for our benefit, of course. And who gets the video and audio feed from these buses? The NSA? Homeland Security? FFPD? Nope... riding the bus is not appealing at all.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 10:08 am

    So you would rather have less security for kids? What is wrong with you Mister?

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  • The MisterApril 02, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Sal, looks like I must have the same problem as good old Ben Franklin, who said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." There ya go, Sal... flush all your rights down the toilet just so you can feel safe. I wonder, Sal, if you're not a bigger threat to my rights than the government?

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  • JBDragonApril 02, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    I don't have a problem with the camera's. They are on a public bus, and people can't expect privacy and camera free in public areas. Cameras do help with security in a huge way. As for the money to pay for it. In the real would, it would be the bus riders that paid for all things bus related. In the world we live in, the people who work and still have a job are taxed, and that money is thrown around. If course more is thrown around the is taken from us which is why we have a huge debt. I would rather have lower taxes, but as we know, that'll never happen, spread the wealth, so it money grab by the city to get some of that taxed money from residents back to at least the city. If it isn't us, it'll be someone else! That's how the game is played.

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