Pando goes to the San Francisco police bodycams hearing

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On Wednesday night, San Francisco police came a step closer to wearing body cameras while on patrol, when the civilian oversight Police Commission finalized its policy recommendations.

The Police Department, the officers union and the City Department of Human Resources now must review the policy and return it to the commission for passage.

The policy approved this week is a document of compromise. Mayor Ed Lee announced in April that was he was writing $ 6.6 million into the city budget over two years for a full deployment, jumpstarting policy development that had stalled an earlier, federally funded, pilot program.

The policy details were hammered out over a battery of public meetings, and by Wednesday only one major issue of contention remained: Whether or not the involved officers in cases of officer-involved-shootings should be able to view the footage before giving statements for the official incident report. Other issues, like guidelines for public release and the thorny problems of redaction, were left left vague and unargued, though they are sure to require future attention…

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Has Pando missed the heart of the Uber problem? A transportation industry expert writes…

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Editor’s note: In response to my article on Convoy, “the Uber of trucking,” Pando received the following response from Hubert Horan, by one of the early advisers/architects of the trucking deregulation in the 1970s and a well-known transportation industry expert

The  letter is fascinating, insightful, and critical. I don’t agree with his characterizations of some of my arguments; but I do agree with his own arguments and explanations in this letter, and more than that, I appreciate the time and serious effort Horan put into this letter to educate all of us. Few people in America have his decades-long industry perspective and his unique political insights on the politics of transportation, antitrust, markets, and tech. Here’s the letter in full.

-Mark Ames

Has Pando missed the heart of the Uber problem?

As an avid Pando subscriber/supporter, I wanted to raise some serious concerns with your November 4th Convoy post…

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