Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Medina, Wash., now records all vehicles entering and leaving the city

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:19 PM
Original message
Medina, Wash., now records all vehicles entering and leaving the city
Source: Seattle Times

... In Medina, a new sign bears this warning: "You Are Entering a 24 Hour Video Surveillance Area."

Cameras have recently been installed at intersections to monitor every vehicle coming into the city.

Under the "automatic license plate recognition" project, once a car enters Medina, a camera captures its license-plate number. Within seconds, the number is run through a database.

If a hit comes up for a felony say, the vehicle was reported stolen or is being driven by a homicide suspect the information is transmitted instantaneously to police, who can "leap into action," said Police Chief Jeffrey Chen.

... Medina a city of 3,100 with an average household income of $222,000 had discussed the idea for years as a way to discourage crime, city officials said.

... "We're not elitist at all," Councilmember Robert Rudolph said. "There is a mix of people in Medina of all economic strata. What we're doing here is protecting our citizenry."

Read more: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009873...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:20 PM
Response to Original message
1. oh my
that IS a Funky Cold Medina, isn't it?

brrrrrrr
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:22 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. the same neighborhood.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:26 PM
Response to Original message
3. That would be the hometown of a certain Mr. Gates
If one can humbly call THIS a "home".....

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:58 AM
Response to Reply #3
13. Estates of gates
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:46 AM
Response to Reply #3
17. I just don't get that at all.
I realize that I am a bit provincial. I long ago realized that there are two kinds of people: beach people and mountain people. Most of your West Coasters are actually mountain people. I have never understood people who spend their vacation in the mountains. I can appreciate the beauty as I drive through, but to spend precious vacation time there? Nope. To live there? Don't get it.

I also realize that Gates can go anywhere he wants any time he wants. But I see the dock on his property and I can't imagine why someone who enjoys boating doesn't live in Florida, where falling in the water isn't a death sentence.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:54 PM
Response to Reply #17
20. I don't know what Bill & Melinda do on their vacations
....but Medina ain't up in the mountains. It's just west of Bellevue and right over the bridge from Seattle.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MattBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:45 PM
Response to Reply #17
21. Which is exactly the reason why we like it
You can have your wall to wall beach front bungalows, miles of sand covered with sweaty fat human carcasses, and tripping over the endless waves of people at the boardwalks. You can keep your cheesy carnival atmosphere.

Give me a cabin up out in the deep Yukon territory with a nice lake nestled between some mountains. If I could get up in the morning and walk out my door and return at night having never had to look at the face of another moron of the so called human race; I would be convinced I had found heaven.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:42 PM
Response to Reply #21
22. I think you have us confused with Wildwood NJ.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:30 PM
Response to Original message
4. "We're not elitist at all"
This from a city that fired a cop for pulling Bill Gates over.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:46 AM
Response to Reply #4
18. Was Gates actually driving? Or being driven?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
lordsummerisle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:33 PM
Response to Original message
5. I guess that's cheaper than
manned checkpoints...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:33 PM
Response to Original message
6. At least people can drive into the place
There are giant-sized gated private towns such as Coto De Caza in Orange County, California that have over 15,000 residents and almost 5,000 homes where you can't even enter if you don't have a sticker or prior authorization. I once tried to drive through it to look at a piece of raw land on the other side. The guards at the gate wouldn't let me drive through and I had to take the long way around.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:40 PM
Response to Original message
7. The whole country should do the same thing!
Ooops, they already do. It's called the US Passport Agency. But its people, not hunks of metal.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:52 AM
Response to Original message
8. "There is a mix of people in Medina of all economic strata....
...What we're doing here is protecting our citizenry."

Sure, poor whites, middle class whites, rich whites, a couple black families and the Mexican landscapers.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:56 AM
Response to Reply #8
9. I doubt there are more than a very few poor whites there. (nt)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:02 AM
Response to Reply #9
11. With average household income of $222,000...
I'm talking about those poor saps trying to eek out at living at $175,000.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:01 AM
Response to Reply #8
14. I think Bill Gates makes enough in a year

To make everyone else poor white, black, red, yellow.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:59 AM
Response to Original message
10. Sounds like a good place to dump old shitty cars.
Drive your old clunker into the city, take off the plates, and walk out.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:03 AM
Response to Original message
12. Oh, really, Councilman Rudolph?
>"We're not elitist at all," Councilmember Robert Rudolph said. "There is a mix of people in Medina of all economic strata. What we're doing here is protecting our citizenry."<

"All economic strata"? Bullshit. I'd like to see the good Councilmember produce anyone that lives in the city limits of Medina (and does not work for someone who owns a home there,) that makes less than $100,000 a year. Actually, I should up that figure to a quarter of a million dollars a year.

I'd also like to mention that one of my girlfriends lives in Yarrow Point. It's not far from Medina. I drive a beat-up fifteen year old car. It seems to me it's only a matter of time till I get pulled over for daring to drive through the area...

:eyes:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:50 AM
Response to Reply #12
19. The cheapest house on realtor dot com for medina is 838K
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:30 AM
Response to Original message
15. With digital technology cost decreases, this will soon be economic to do everywhere
Every town and every apartment building and condo will eventually have digital video surveillance with automated image analysis to read things like license numbers and identify faces.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:31 AM
Response to Original message
16. Baby steps: start small and work your way up
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Dec 19th 2014, 03:42 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC