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Thursday: Meeting for Mountain View residents to discuss city's drone use

Original post made on Aug 13, 2019

Mountain View city officials are considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for use by its police, fire and public works departments. The public has a chance to weigh in at a Thursday night meeting starting at 7 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 1:51 PM

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 13, 2019 at 6:21 pm

No drones everywhere you go in Mountain View there are cars swarming around and getting worse!
Now we are going to have drones swarming overhead, terrible
Let’s have no drones in Mountain View

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Posted by Whose drones?
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 13, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Government has some legitimate uses for drones. But whose government? How about Russia, North Korea and China? What would you do. Pass a law against it!

And what about extortionists who can threaten to attack with drones (allegedly) armed with anthrax? Get your credit card ready to make blackmail payments.

With drones comes the need for anti-drone technology and devices.

Previously nukes - now drones. Technology marches on. Not long before it replaces humans entirely. Be thankful you lived this long.

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Posted by P
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 13, 2019 at 7:34 pm

The county has an ordinance regulating the use of surveillance technology. The technology can be used when appropriate but there's oversight and public input on what "appropriate" means. Mountain View needs to do the same. This isn't just about drones.

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Posted by JP
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 13, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Where will the live stream be? All I see is a Facebook link. Please don't tell me that we're going to have a privacy discussion using Facebook.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 14, 2019 at 7:45 am

Gary is a registered user.

Interesting that the meeting is scheduled for the police department instead of City Hall. Who decides on the use of drones and other surveillance technology? Locally shouldn't that be the elected City Council? The City of Palo Alto enacted a surveillance ordinance last year. I like surveillance in public places to deter, monitor and investigate crimes including mass shootings. But there are other concerns to be considered. And it is true that local ordinances and even federal laws, will not be obeyed by foreign regimes or criminals. So we are moving into a dangerous time.

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