City to con­sider door­bell-cam­era pro­gram

Res­i­dents could re­ceive $100 sub­sidy to pur­chase prod­uct; Coun­cil also plans vote on con­struc­tion project

The Signal - - NEWS - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer cd­uan@sig­

With the Santa Clarita City Coun­cil soon head­ing into sum­mer re­cess, the city has a full slate of busi­ness set for Tues­day’s meet­ing, in­clud­ing a part­ner­ship to pro­mote pub­lic safety, trans­porta­tion and leg­isla­tive rec­om­men­da­tions.

City Coun­cil is sched­uled to con­sider a part­ner­ship with Ring Door­bell and Cam­era Re­bate Pro­gram, through which res­i­dents could re­ceive a $100 sub­sidy to pur­chase a linked door­bell and cam­era on a first­come, first-served ba­sis. The pro­gram would al­low 500 Santa Clarita house­holds to qual­ify for the pro­gram if ap­proved.

“In 2017, the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion re­ported 384 res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies in the city of Santa Clarita. To ad­dress the grow­ing num­ber of th­ese res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies, the city has been in con­tact with Ring Inc. to part­ner on their Ring Door­bell and Cam­era Re­bate Pro­gram,” city doc­u­ments said.

Ring Inc. prod­ucts link a res­i­dent’s door­bell or cam­era to their smart­phone or tablet when ac­ti­vated by the mo­tion sen­sor or when some­one rings the door­bell. Res­i­dents can then see, hear and speak to their vis­i­tors or in­trud­ers and ad­di­tion­ally save the video file with their mo­bile de­vice.

The city would give $25,000 of the funds, while Ring Inc. would give the other half, ac­cord­ing to city doc­u­ments.

Each cho­sen house­hold will have the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive a $100 dis­count code for door­bell-cam­era mod­els that range from $199-$249. Res­i­dents would have to pay $30 per year in or­der to record and save the footage on the Ring mo­bile app.

The in­cen­tive to im­ple­ment the pro­gram comes from an in­crease of crime rates at­trib­uted to As­sem­bly Bill 109, Propo­si­tion 47 and Propo­si­tion 57, ac­cord­ing to city doc­u­ments.

Prop. 47 and Prop. 57 re­duced cer­tain non-vi­o­lent felonies to mis­de­meanors and has­tened the re­lease of some non­vi­o­lent of­fend­ers from pris­ons af­ter their ap­proval by vot­ers over the last few years. A.B. 109 con­cerns the county’s com­pli­ance with prison re­align­ment.

Another item is a call for a city­wide Sys­temic Safety Anal­y­sis Re­port pro­gram for pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle col­li­sions. The city would hire con­sul­tants to an­a­lyze the fac­tors for such ac­ci­dents and de­velop coun­ter­mea­sures in re­sponse.

The coun­cil also plans to vote on a con­struc­tion project to add a west­bound left-turn lane at the Soledad Canyon Road and Ruether Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion, for traf­fic cir­cu­la­tion.

Stances to sup­port var­i­ous state leg­is­la­tion would also be of­fi­cially ap­proved. The bills are: „As­sem­bly Bill 1734, which ex­tends the Cal­i­for­nia Film and Tele­vi­sion Tax Credit Pro­gram for five ad­di­tional fis­cal years

„A.B. 1734’s coun­ter­part Se­nate Bill 951

„A.B. 3162, which makes changes to the li­cens­ing process of al­co­holism and drug abuse re­cov­ery and treat­ment

„Se­nate Bill 1317, which ad­dresses guide­lines on re­port­ing un­li­censed res­i­den­tial al­co­holism or drug abuse treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties to the State Leg­is­la­ture

Also on the agenda for ap­proval are re­newals of con­tracts such as Santa Clarita Pub­lic Li­brary’s in­te­grated li­brary sys­tem, Po­laris, and re­pairs to the Santa Clarita Metrolink sta­tion.

The Coun­cil would also for­mally an­nounce its next gen­eral elec­tion that is set for Nov. 6, in which Mayor Lau­rene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Mar­sha McLean and Coun­cil­man Bill Mi­randa are up for re-elec­tion.

In its hear­ings, the coun­cil plans to dis­cuss its bud­get and fee sched­ule for the next fis­cal year, which will ad­dress the city’s spend­ing, as well as how the city plans to cre­ate the rev­enue for city ser­vices and pro­gram­ming.

The coun­cil is sched­uled to take its sum­mer re­cess af­ter the July 10 meet­ing and will re­sume meet­ing Aug. 28.

Sig­nal file photo

City Coun­cil mem­bers are sched­uled to con­sider a part­ner­ship with the Ring Door­bell and Cam­era Re­bate Pro­gram. The part­ner­ship would al­low res­i­dents to re­ceive a sub­sidy to pur­chase a linked door­bell and cam­era, which would let them see who is at their...

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