Saturday, October 22, 2016

[Monterey County] Pacific Grove comments on two grand jury reports

Blog note: these paragraphs appeared as part of a larger article on city business.
In other developments Wednesday, in response to the recent grand jury report outlining the use of body-worn cameras by Peninsula police departments, new Police Chief Amy Christie gave a presentation showing what the cameras look like, how they work and why they’re important.
The city has been using the cameras as part of a pilot program since July.
Harvey [Ben Harvey, city manager] said once the challenge of finding enough space to store footage and the decision as to which model camera to use is made, he expects the program — which the city has budgeted at $35,000 — to be implemented permanently sometime after the first of the year.
“We’ll be modifying as we go,” said Harvey. “It’s a work in progress.”
Also in response to the civil grand jury report, the city provided follow-up commentary concerning the 220,000 gallons of raw sewage that spilled into Monterey Bay last May. The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency was ultimately fined $298,958 over the incident, which occurred when untreated domestic waste water spilled during routine maintenance at the control agency’s Fountain Avenue Pump Station at 15th Street and Ocean View Boulevard.
“We feel very confident that we are well equipped to address a similar situation in the future,” said Harvey.
October 20, 2016
Monterey Herald
By Carly Mayberry

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