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Oakland City Council and 76 Members of Public Debate the DAC, February 18, 2014
Dave Id
For the history books, here's the full 4-hour video of the Oakland City Council discussion on the Domain Awareness Center from Feb 18, 2014. In the end, the Council did not vote on the City Resolution before them, which was to approve Schneider Electric as the contractor to build out Phase 2 of the DAC, or to give City Administrator Deanna Santana the authority to select a contractor on her own. Instead, after listening to seventy-six speaker's cards worth of public comment -- intelligent, passionate, and unanimous against the DAC -- the Council did an about face from previous related votes in support of the DAC. A majority of council members indicated an interest in reigning in the expansive, privacy-invading surveillance system that city staffers have pushed, seeming to want to limit the scope of the DAC to covering the Port of Oakland only. The next City Council vote on the Domain Awareness Center is scheduled for March 4, 2014.

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