Apparently the fascist morons continue to run the show around here.
The recent staffing shortfalls in the Burbank Police Department have some residents suggesting other methods of patrolling to better ensure safety in the community.
In January, Library Services officials received funding to hire three monitors, employees who are staffed at each branch to make sure patrons are following the rules, and, in some cases, notify police of any illegal activity or patrons causing a nuisance.
Some residents have suggested a similar type of service at parks or other at-risk areas in the city.
We’re sure “some” do. If some had their way we’d also have surveillance cameras at every corner and be asked to smile at them every 10 seconds just to show we’re doing no wrong. So why listen to these nuts?
Notice how no one was asked in the article if they thought this was a bad idea for Burbank? They used to be.
Is this an attempt to soften people up for the inevitable?
Losacco said the library monitors are trained by police to know what to look for in certain scenarios and when to call police for assistance.
What they’re “trained to do” is spy on people’s internet use whenever the librarians can’t. And when the cops are forbidden to. That’s why they’re being hired. This isn’t about chasing homeless guys away from the book sale.
Now here’s a little story which should be told. A number of years ago — back when the Burbank Library first started getting those public computers in, and after Barlow and Company started making each interested patron sign a four-page permission document just to be able to use them — council hopeful Howard Rothenbach was concerned enough about what the city was doing with these patron sign-in sheets afterwards that he went down to the council chambers and asked about their status.
Because the hourly computer use was pegged on each one, it would be easy for the authorities to use these hour-by-hour sheets as a guide to what people were actually looking at online. So what was the city doing with them after the day was done? That’s what Howard wanted to know. They certainly weren’t needed any more.
Rothenbach was assured at the time that these internet sign-in sheets were not being kept by the library, but rather, that they were each discarded at the end of the working day.
Suspecting that this was not the truth, because it never is, we asked a couple of the reference librarians we knew down at the Central Branch what they thought about this official claim of the city’s. They both said it was bunk. In fact, one of them told us point-blank that it was his job at the end of the day to compile all of them together for future review.
In other words, that they were being kept. Which means that Howard was clearly being lied to back then. But so what, right?
Here we go. Bring it on, Burbank.
Btw, when did library use in Burbank become a police issue? Why are they and their spokesmen even being brought into this topic?