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Cameras to Keep Watch in Hollywood

October 28, 2004|Jessica Garrison | Times Staff Writer

Plans call for installing them along the boulevard at the corners of Vine Street, Cahuenga Boulevard and Whitley, Highland and Sycamore avenues. Accompanying them will be signs warning passersby that they are being filmed, said Kerry Morrison, executive director of the association.

The cameras have found support on the City Council.

"I think it's great," said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who said she recently won funding to install cameras in parks in her South Los Angeles district.

Garcetti has pushed for cameras in his district, which runs from Hollywood east to Echo Park and north to Glassell Park. He recently obtained a $180,000 grant to install 14 cameras in areas around parks there.

LAPD spokeswoman Mary Grady said the department is studying the experiences of other cities to come up with a model for how best to use cameras in the Los Angeles.

"The criteria is to put them in places where there is a high incidence of crime," said Assistant Chief George Gascon.

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Times staff writers Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton contributed to this report.

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