City Council may beef up security

first_imgGLENDALE – The City Council tonight will consider spending $327,000 to install security cameras and key-card entry systems at City Hall and the Central Library, a move one councilman called long overdue. “When I came into City Council I was amazed (at) the lack of proper security at the City Hall,” said City Councilman Bob Yousefian, who was elected in 2001. Officials say a magnetic key card would be more difficult to duplicate than a traditional key, and would create a record of who is going in and out after hours. In addition, a key card could simply be deactivated when an employee quits or is fired. There are currently 25 cameras in the Central Library and a dozen at the Brand Library & Art Center, installed a decade ago when officials noticed an increase in crime. But in addition to getting a key-card system for employees, the library would also get video cameras, including at least one that would monitor the front of the library where people congregate. “People loiter and people hang out and we’ve had some criminal activity, and so it would benefit us to be able to monitor that outside area,” said Cindy Cleary, assistant director of libraries. The library was concerned enough about privacy issues to ask for a legal opinion about whether it could monitor that area, and that is legal for the library to do, she said. Yousefian downplayed any privacy concerns about installing cameras at City Hall. “I think if you’re not here to steal something you should not worry about it,” he said. City Hall is located across the street from the police headquarters. But Yousefian said the building is still less secure than some other municipal headquarters. “We’ve always had the attitude if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” he said. “My problem is I don’t want to wait until someone breaks into the building before I fix it. Let’s keep them from coming in first.” Rancho Cucamonga-based Control Management Systems Inc. would install the cameras and key-card access systems. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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