Meeting Time: April 14, 2021 at 11:59pm PDT
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Community Forum: Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR)

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    Naomi Leon at April 14, 2021 at 3:52pm PDT

    I am a resident of Chula Vista & I strongly oppose this surveillance program.

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    Marian Ruiz at April 14, 2021 at 3:50pm PDT

    Border Angels opposes ALPR as it threatens the safety of our communities. City officials have only recently placed information into its accountability and transparency page dedicated to ALPR, despite 3 years of operation with Vigilant Solutions and sharing of information with ICE and Border Patrol.

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    Yasmeen Obeid at April 14, 2021 at 3:43pm PDT

    As a member of the youth advisory board for Borderlands for Equity, we urge Mayor Salas and all the Council members to stop Chula Vista's ALPR program that continues to share information with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), or among the 800 possible agencies. We know the ALPR program violates the privacy of the residents/business owners and CVPD has not been transparent or made their data accessible to community members or organizations. CVPD has shared its information with Border Patrol, ICE, and continues to share with HSI. If it were not for the UT article, CVPD would continue to do so. By their own admission, CVPD determined in their April 2020 report, that it was not in violation of SB 54 (CA Values Act). However, Chief Kennedy remarked at a public meeting with her CVPD civilian commission, that she had absolutely no idea that the ALPR program shared information with immigration enforcement authorities. Chula Vista residents, business owners, and community organizations deserve better. Please stop the usage of ALPR's by CVPD. Thank you!

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    Lynn DeHahn at April 14, 2021 at 3:34pm PDT

    Dear Chula Vista Officials,
    The Forum last week on the ALPR was definitely not a Forum with exchange of ideas. The presentation was totally controlled and not open to discussion or real Q and A. The comments were controlled and did not allow citizens who wanted interchange to have any say or be acknowledged. It was a total disappointment. Please take a serious look at this ALPR program and give it full scrutiny before any vote is taken next week. It is not wanted by loyal citizens of the City of Chula Vista and the must be reexamined by the Council.
    We have written many notes and comments in the past months and nothing has been done to really listen to all sides of this program and going against the previous commitment to Chula Vista being a "Welcoming City".
    Please listen and do not vote to continue this program at this time.

    Lynn DeHahn, District 2 Northwest Chula Vista resident 48 years.

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    Mejgan Afshan at April 14, 2021 at 3:31pm PDT

    As co founder of Borderlands for Equity and part of the Chula Vista Anti-Surveillance Ad Hoc Committee, we urge Mayor Salas and all the Council members to stop Chula Vista's ALPR program that continues to share information with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), or among the 800 possible agencies. We know the ALPR program violates the privacy of the residents/business owners and CVPD has not been transparent or made their data accessible to community members or organizations. CVPD has shared its information with Border Patrol, ICE, and continues to share with HSI. If it were not for the UT article, CVPD would continue to do so. By their own admission, CVPD determined in their April 2020 report, that it was not in violation of SB 54 (CA Values Act). However, Chief Kennedy remarked at a public meeting with her CVPD civilian commission, that she had absolutely no idea that the ALPR program shared information with immigration enforcement authorities. Chula Vista residents, business owners, and community organizations deserve better. Please stop the usage of ALPR's by CVPD.

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    Monica Santos at April 14, 2021 at 3:02pm PDT

    I have lived and taught in Chula Vista for more than 25 years. I want my community to be safe, where our citizens are protected, heard and have the opportunity to participate in decision making. I call for a moratorium on ALPR! We do not want surveillance and data sharing in our community. I request that the Chula Vista City Council stop the vote in April. This process has been rushed. Now is the time to increase the public trust and license plate surveillance is NOT the way to grow public trust. Take time and work with the community on this issue.

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    Yazan Zahzah at April 14, 2021 at 2:26pm PDT

    As a community member who has been working with communities impacted by racial profiling and police violence, I strongly oppose any utilization or expansion of ALPR. It is unsafe for our communities, a gross violation of privacy, and a misuse of funds that could go directly to community resources.

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    Ismahan Abdullahi at April 14, 2021 at 2:11pm PDT

    Seeing the way Chula Vista has handled this specific issue is deeply concerning. Despite community outcry, the lack of transparency, accountability, oversight and misuse of data is alarming. The community knows the danger of such programs and it’s invasiveness. The community does not want or need ALPR.
    We are asking you to not vote on its continued use. We need a moratorium on ALPR.

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    Luis Huerta at April 14, 2021 at 1:50pm PDT

    Having surviliance is just against our freedom, our information should be that accessible. This is just a sign of mistrust. We deserve respect to share our information as we want

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    Eduardo Saldivar at April 14, 2021 at 1:44pm PDT

    ALPR is not only dangerous, it is harmful to the community, wasteful of resources, deceitful & contradictory to what Chula Vista is or aims to be. A dragnet like this will only serve to harm families, reduce our community safety & diminish the already dwindling trust that we as community members have with our elected officials.

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    Ramon S at April 14, 2021 at 1:40pm PDT

    It’s terrible that Chula Vista as a “Welcoming City” allowed this to happen. I strongly oppose the ALPR system for Chula Vista.

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    Carlos Hernandez at April 14, 2021 at 12:12pm PDT

    Spending money and contracting surveillance systems that the community does not support or was even consulted about is blatant bad public administration. Public policy should rely on public feedback, and the fact that this needs to be emphasized is ridiculous.

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    Rebecca Wallies at April 14, 2021 at 11:29am PDT

    I visit friends in Chula Vista and certainly don't want my license plate tracked for no reason. I also don't like the idea of this information being shared with ice. Chula Vista advertises itself as a Welcoming City, but this certainly does not help that image. Also the community feels like you are not listening to them and their wishes.

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    Matthew Arnold at April 14, 2021 at 11:14am PDT

    This ALPR program is a ridiculous overstep of government into the private lives of the citizenry. It feels as though we are being tracked without consent, like we aren't free to move about in the place where we live. The constitutional abridgement is evident, the police have enough tools to monitor criminal activity. We have more than enough problems with the police state, and the inability of the police to protect and serve the public is apparent. This tool makes everyone nervous, especially with citizens that have done nothing illegal.
    I am further troubled by this information sharing with governmental entities that do not share OUR city's stance on immigration. It may not be a legally binding contract, but the welcoming city status is there to protect the innocent, who are guilty of nothing more than escaping a life of hardness many of us will never fathom. Their only crime is being in this country. Do not further alienate these people, these contributing members of our society, keep your word, the promise you made to welcome all people in our community.

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    Kandi CustodioTan at April 14, 2021 at 11:03am PDT

    My name is Kandi with Asian Solidarity Collective. I am also a 12 year resident of Chula Vista and currently now reside in District 1. The lack of transparency, lack of oversight and including the shared data on the ALPR program is a problem that violates the rights of every resident of Chula Vista. The lack of real forthcoming "community meetings" without community truly leading the way along with input especially in this kind of surveillance technology is an issue that puts the people in Chula Vista in danger. Chula Vista City Council must heed to the public outcry of demanding an end to the use of ALPR and that proper accountable processes led by community are implemented on how these kind of technologies are placed.

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    Fernando Hernandez at April 14, 2021 at 10:57am PDT

    Indiscriminate police surveillance is a danger to right of people to move freely and to have their privacy protected. This a draconian measure and an overreach by the police.

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    Petrine McShane at April 14, 2021 at 10:57am PDT

    The use of ALPR appears to be a violation of the US Constitution's 4th Amendment because it amounts to a random check point and is therefore a violation of a person's right to a private life? Transparency is vital to a free & fair society. Is the information that is being gathered using ALPR being used by private companies? The use of ALPR has not been transparent! Public officials of Chula Vista have a fiduciary duty to serve the people of Chula Vista and that duty includes ensuring transparency of all government actions. Stop the use of ALPR in Chula Vista!

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    Wendy Gelernter at April 14, 2021 at 9:46am PDT

    The ALPR program violates the spirit if not the words of SB 54 and SB 34 and must be stopped. The April 20 vote is premature and must be delayed. The city of Chula Vista is losing the trust of its citizens — but it’s not too late to demonstrate the city’s willingness to stop surveillance and increase transparency. Please do the right thing and stop ALPR!

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    Larry Stowel at April 14, 2021 at 9:45am PDT

    The City of Chula Vista should adopt a technology ordinance modeled upon the recently approved technology ordinance adopted by the City of Sandi Diego and cease using surveillance technologies until a comprehensive technology ordinance has been approved by the public. https://cities-today.com/san-diego-city-council-backs-surveillance-technology-ordinances/amp/

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    David Harris at April 14, 2021 at 9:40am PDT

    End CV’s contract with surveillance company Vigilant Solutions
    -information is shared with HSI who
    shares with ICE; violates SB 54
    -creates fear of police and law
    enforcement and citizens not likely
    to “see something, say something.”
    -no clear monitoring of data use or
    even accountability
    Stop this invasion of privacy thru indiscriminate surveillance