Guest Opinion | McDade Report Release Repeated Re-runs? Transparency or Secrecy on Body-camera Videos

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Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Top of the News Make a comment Community News Skip Hickambottom (l) and Dale Gronemeier (r)Does anyone want repeated re-runs of the bruising battle over release of the Officer of Independent Review (“OIR”) Group Report on the Pasadena Police Department shooting of the unarmed African-American youth Kendrec McDade? If anything should be learned from that contentious experience, it is that the City and the Police Department are better served by prompt release of information on police shootings rather than their suffering a thousand cuts by battling to keep the information bottled up but then ultimately having to yield to public pressure or court orders.Body Cameras are supposed to serve transparency and public trustLater this year, Pasadena police officers will begin wearing body cameras while on duty. The cameras will record the daily activities of officers while they interact with the community they serve. The U.S. Department of Justice contributed to the cost of Pasadena’s body worn cameras for the stated purpose of “building trust and transparency between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” In order for the citizenry to be kept fully informed of the activities of Pasadena police officers and to maintain trust in the Department, they must be given access to the videos of the critical incidents recorded by the body cameras – i.e., any incident involving the use of force and any incident concerning which there is a citizen complaint against a police officer. If the public is denied access to the videos of critical incidents, the body cameras will not be serving their intended trust-building and transparency purposes.The Public Records Act “investigative records” conundrumIn the absence of being designated law enforcement “investigative records,” body camera videos would be a “public record” under the California Public Records Act and could be obtained within 10 days by the press or the public filing a public records act request. If they are designated as “investigative records,” they are exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act.  Keeping videos confidential prior to the completion of both criminal and administrative investigations is a legitimate law enforcement interest for the same reason that witness statements and other evidence should be kept confidential during investigations – i.e. witnesses, including suspects and victims, should give their pure recollection without it being contaminated by other witnesses or evidence. So how does the public interest in transparency and trust get balanced against that legitimate law enforcement interest?Some cities are deeming camera videos “investigative records” as a way to defeat the purposes of transparency and public trust and to avoid releasing dash and body camera videos forever, even after investigations are over. Some cities take the position that public release of dash and body camera video is subject to the discretion of the Police Chief because, even if a police department deems a body camera video an exempt investigative record, the Police Chief can still waive the exemption and release the video.But even leaving the decision to release body camera videos to the discretion of the Police Chief does not build trust and transparency between law enforcement and the communities they serve. As this community painfully learned in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of Kendrec McDade, withholding information from the public about critical police incidents destroys trust and transparency between law enforcement and the community. The subject of the investigative records exemption in the McDade case was not a video. It was the Report of the OIR Group, the Independent Police Auditors hired by the City to audit the Department’s criminal and administrative investigations of the McDade shooting. The City’s decision to withhold the Report for over two years before it waived the investigative records exemption (and released a redacted version of the Report) simply prolonged the acrimonious and divisive public debate over the incident. When Pasadena released the LeRoy Barnes OIR Group Report shortly after the completion of the investigations, the community quickly addressed it and moved on without the acrimony and divisiveness when the McDade Report was so slow in coming out. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to withhold the video of the Laquan Jackson shooting for 13 months had a similar result to the McDade delay.Balancing the interests by disclosure after sufficient time for the investigations completionThere is a better way. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced legislation that would not leave the decision to the discretion of the Police Chief but rather would allow body camera videos of critical incidents to be released within 60 days. 60 days should be sufficient time to complete all investigations. (The McDade administrative investigation was not done until nearly a year after the shooting, but there seems to be no reason that it had to be delayed that long.) The 60 day period could be tweaked if it could be demonstrated that it is not reasonable for all investigations to be completed within 60 days.We urge Pasadena’s decisionmakers to adopt a policy that videos from police cameras of critical incidents are investigative records for a specified period of time sufficient to complete the criminal and administrative investigations – probably for 60 days. After that period, the videos should be deemed to no longer be investigative records but rather be accessible to the press and public pursuant to a Public Records Act Request.If the Pasadena Police Department adopts a progressive and thoughtful policy for body worn cameras, which includes a guarantee of eventual public access to videos of critical incidents, it will be a “win-win” for the Department and the community. The alternative is a road no one should want – i.e., continuous re-runs of battles like the long battle over release of the McDade Report which only increase the public distrust of the City and the Police Department by always putting the City and the police on the side against transparency.Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeier are local civil rights attorneys who have represented McDade’s mother and Pasadena Area police oversight activists in getting release of the OIR Report on the McDade shooting. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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Title Touches Everything: Streamlining Communications in Default Servicing

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Homes are a Better Investment than Retirement Savings Next: Looking for a Universal Solution Subscribe February 2, 2018 2,155 Views Title Touches Everything: Streamlining Communications in Default Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Title insurance and title-related products are an integral, and often expensive, part of the mortgage default process. Every aspect of default servicing touches title, from loss mitigation to REO disposition. Although many servicers have designed their internal functions, groups, and departments to optimize loan management, their workflow design can have the unintended consequence of creating silos. As a title provider, it has been our observation that many of these default servicing silos don’t always communicate effectively with each other when it comes to title issues, causing redundancy and adding to cost.This lack of internal communication about title appears to be counterintuitive. After the 2008 mortgage crisis, scores of regulatory changes and internal best-practices reviews were installed. Today, servicers are better-than-ever equipped to handle cross communications within default servicing due to single-point-of-contact assignments, LOS and servicing technology enhancements, and just plain old interdivision management oversight. Title is the one constant that potentially touches each department that has not been addressed and streamlined overall. Various title products ordered during the default servicing process may include the Deed Report, also known as Legal and Vesting (L&V); Property Report, often referred to as Ownership & Encumbrance (O&E); American Land Title Association (ALTA) Residential Junior Loan Policy; and the Full ALTA Title Policy.One department may order a similar type of title product that another department has already ordered, just because “that is the way it’s been done for a long time.” Simple title search work ordered for the foreclosure department could assist the bankruptcy or workout areas using the initial product ordered from one or many of the departments involved.Prior to the crisis, there was a movement to unify and/or reuse mortgage title-related products in aspects of the foreclosure and REO departments. The term used for the unification of these products was called “Cradle-to-Grave.” The concept was simple: a title commitment would be ordered at the initiation of foreclosure, supplanting the simple title update. During the long foreclosure process, the title commitment would be used to cure any and all defects prior to the foreclosure sale. At foreclosure sale, a simple and inexpensive date-down would be ordered to ensure lien priority prior to REO. If the loan moved into REO for handling post-foreclosure sale, then the foreclosure commitment could be converted to an insurable product, an Owner’s Title Policy (OTP). The marketable OTP could be procured very quickly and cheaply using the same title provider and product used throughout foreclosure.Although the concept was rudimentary and evolving prior to 2008, Cradle-to-Grave was adopted by many servicers, particularly special servicers who specialized in default servicing as they focused on reducing investor costs (severity) while looking for speed of execution (recency). Following 2008, however, the default servicing industry (and the entire mortgage servicing industry) had too much on its plate as delinquencies spiked across the country. Cradle-to-Grave and title unification took a back seat to HAMP I and II, HAFA, HARP, SPOC, consent orders, new CFPB regulations, national servicing standards, etc. The industry was in complete dislocation, with all hands on deck, grappling with a very new set of complex and sometimes conflicting servicing standards. Buzzwords like velocity, recency, and expense control were a thing of the past in the default world following the meltdown. The ship needed to get righted as focus turned toward much more pressing and immediate matters.Fast forward 10 years and mortgage servicing has found its footing. The time is right to look for title unification efficiencies within default servicing and to manage expenses throughout an expensive process. This unification of title products is low-hanging fruit. We now have better communication than ever within default servicing. The systems and personnel all “talk” to one another. Processes are no longer opaque. With a keen eye for efficiencies and cost savings, it is time to reexamine at how title products can be used throughout all default workflows, not just between the foreclosure and REO. Default title unification can be put into practice by using an experienced title provider who can help navigate across default-department boundaries by using and re-using similar title products throughout the life-of-loan within default servicing. 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US Navy’s SPAWAR to Upgrade Its CDL System

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s SPAWAR to Upgrade Its CDL System View post tag: Naval December 11, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic US Navy’s SPAWAR to Upgrade Its CDL System View post tag: SPAWAR View post tag: Cubic Cubic Corporation was tasked by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), under contract, to develop and test an upgrade to the critical circuit card systems used on the AN/USQ-167 Common Data Link System (CDLS).This development effort, with funding up to $1.3 million, has the potential to significantly extend the system life in support of U.S. Naval operations.This state-of-the art data link system significantly increases the delivery speed and the volume of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data and video that can be processed aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious assault ships ensuring quick, accurate and secure distribution of intelligence data to the fleet.Mike Twyman, senior vice president, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) division of Cubic Defense Applications, said:The Navy’s CDL system allows naval operators to track aircraft in any location relative to the vessel. It also provides 15 different waveforms needed to communicate with U.S. Air Force, Army and coalition aircraft sensors in a network-centric manner.[mappress mapid=”14682″]Press release, Image: Cubic Corporation View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: hires View post tag: Corporation Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

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PREMIERE: Raquel Rodriguez Is The Talk Of The Town In “The 310” [Video]

first_imgEclectic Soul singer born and raised in Los Angeles, Raquel Rodriguez is commanding the stage with club shows and festival performances across the country. With a potent blend of femme and aggression, Rodriguez serves up sassy, heartfelt vocals which have caught the ears of some of our favorite musicians – eventually touring, recording, and playing live with the likes of Anderson .Paak, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Goapele, Trombone Shorty, Jonny Lang, and countless others along the way of her journey.Clearly, Rodriguez is surrounding herself with a seriously solid crew, especially after the release of her The 310 EP – produced by Nigel Hall and Sam Brawner. She is currently in the studio working on The 310 – Part 2 and collaborating with drummer Adam Deitch and keyboardist Borahm Lee of Break Science.Live For Live Music is excited to share a new video for “Talk of This Town,” recorded live from Blue Dream Studios. Mixing elements of soul, funk, and jazz, Raquel Rodriguez and her sensational band are on full display in this new release – making us very excited for what’s to come.The “Talk of This Town” video comes with an exciting announcement that Raquel Rodriguez will perform at The Bootleg Theatre on Wednesday, July 12th in Los Angeles, CA ahead of a few other dates coming up this year. Fans won’t want to miss out on this hometown throwdown! Tickets available here. Head to Raquel Rodriguez’s website for more information.last_img read more

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I Like Big Butt (and I Cannot Lie)

first_imgBig Butt is a 5,980-foot summit in Big Ivy, a section of Pisgah that’s home to the most old-growth forest and rare wildlife in the region. Big Butt offers stunning, panoramic views of Big Ivy’s hiking and mountain biking trails, climbing rocks, and waterfalls. Big Ivy also includes Craggy Gardens, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Mountains to Sea Trail.Unfortunately, Big Butt and nearly all of Big Ivy’s 13,980 acres may soon be open to logging, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed management plan.Big Ivy is a mountain biking mecca, fly fishing oasis, trail running hotspot, climbing paradise, and a hiker’s wet dream: dozens of cascades, creeks and swimming holes abound in Big Ivy, including 70-foot Douglas Falls.Big trees and big water abound in Big Ivy.Most of it will be opened to logging if the Forest Service has their way.A local, grassroots coalition called Friends of Big Ivy has teamed up with hiking clubs, mountain biking groups, fly fishing outfitters, climbing organizations, conservation groups, local businesses, and others to encourage the Forest Service to protect Big Ivy from massive logging.This Thursday, February 5, Friends of Big Ivy is hosting a public meeting with the Forest Service at 7 p.m. at the Big Ivy Community Center just outside of Asheville. Everyone is invited to ask questions and share concerns about the future of Big Ivy. (Also, there will be cookies.) Hope you can be there to speak for this rare old-growth forest and beloved hub of outdoor adventure.If you can’t make it, sign the Big Ivy petition here. More info: FriendsofBigIvy.orglast_img read more

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Saints unsure when Boruc can return

first_img Reserve Kelvin Davis is also sidelined, so Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to step in for the visit of Aston Villa on Wednesday. “It is difficult to analyse how many weeks Artur will be out for,” Pochettino said at a press conference reported on the club’s official Twitter feed. French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss out because of a groin injury picked up on Sunday and Gaston Ramirez is also not yet match fit. Southampton will be looking for a response after successive away defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea, which has seen them drop out of the top four. Pochettino said: “We don’t have time to dwell on our two consecutive defeats because we are only thinking about tomorrow’s game. “We have lost on two very difficult grounds at Arsenal and Chelsea, so now we will try to impose our values and get the win over Aston Villa. “I am expecting a physical game. “Aston Villa are a strong side and very good on the counter-attack, especially away from home.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admits it is “difficult to analyse” how long his team must do without goalkeeper Artur Boruc because of a broken hand. Press Associationcenter_img The 33-year-old suffered the injury during the 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. Given the hectic festive schedule, Boruc could miss some eight matches if he needed a six-week recovery time. last_img read more

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Viterbi, SCA to host inaugural Games Expo in May

first_imgOver 100 games designed by the students from the USC Games Program, a collaboration between the School of Cinematic Arts and the Viterbi School of Engineering, will be showcased at the inaugural USC Games Expo on May 9. Hosted by the mobile game developer Jam City at the Cinematic Arts Complex, the event will expose attendees to the rise of mobile gaming. Embedded is a virtual reality photography game about journalistic choice and how media shapes public perception. Photo courtesy of Embeddedgame.com.Recognized as one of the top game design programs in the United States by The Princeton Review, the USC Games Program has a history of promoting student-developed projects. One of the games that will be presented is Friendshrimp, a single-player, 3-D third-person adventure game. The game revolves around the antics of a mantis shrimp that assists employees at an aquarium with capturing other “rogue shrimp.” “The game is narration based with a humorous voiceover, instructing or cautioning the shrimp on how to progress through the game, and reacting as his advice is heeded or ignored,” Friendshrimp executive producer and co-lead engineer Arshea Bimal said. With the expo’s collaboration with Jam City, students will have the chance to work closely with experts in the gaming industry to perform demos of the games they have worked on throughout the past school year. Bimal is currently enrolled in “CSCI 529: Advanced Games,” which requires students to put together a yearlong master’s capstone project. Students taking the class develop their own games, and the launch of the Game Expo provides them with a platform to present their work.“It’s one of the longest and most detailed game development classes in the computer science games department,” said Bimal, a computer science graduate student.Additionally, students enrolled in “CSCI 526: Mobile Games,” “CSCI 524: Networked Artificial Intelligence” and “ITP 485: Programming Games Engines” will also have games on display to demonstrate the engineering aspect of the expo. Projects across disciplines like business and communication will also have the opportunity to be showcased.“There will be all kinds of other projects,” USC GamePipe Laboratory Director Mike Zyda said. “We have our yearlong advanced games lab, we have the cinematic arts interactive media program, we have students from the computer science games program, we have students from the Marshall School of  Business MBA program, we have students from the Annenberg Communications management program. The Games Expo encompasses all games efforts on campus.”According to Zyda, students who develop games through the “Advanced Games” class have the benefit of a year’s worth of input and design. Other student projects, however, were selected based on their projected level of completion by the date of the Game Expo.“As a professor, you know which games are the best,” Zyda said. “We try and invite our best, and our students when they know that they are going to be demoing in front of large numbers of industry people, they work hard to make the games look fantastic.”Zyda said he is worried that attendees may be overwhelmed with the number of games on display, but the Game Expo’s proximity to graduation will attract a broad audience for developers to demo them.“Students will bring their parents,” Zyda said. “Large numbers of industry people will come, many of our past students as well.”As a student in the “Networked Artificial Intelligence” class, Yunxiang Fei, a computer science and electrical engineering graduate student, hopes the large body of onlookers will take time to view his game, Aniki Fight, on display and gain from it. “[We will show] the [artificial intelligence] part of our game as well as some specific features,” Fei said. “[Then] the audience can feel even [a] little game may have lots of things to be accomplished.” According to Bimal, everyone participating in the event — and her team, in particular — is looking forward to engaging different perspectives when they have attendees demo Friendshrimp.“The Game Expo is a good way expose our game to a lot of people,” Bimal said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of great feedback on our game.”last_img read more

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