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Federal money is being spent to install video cameras in thirty-seven California cities including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Palm Springs. How often does it catch criminals in the act? Does it reduce the crime rate? Is it worth the loss of privacy? Also, California finally has a spending plan.


Photo Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images News

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Making News Lawmakers Break Budget Gridlock 6 MIN, 24 SEC

At about 1 o'clock this afternoon, two Republicans gave the state budget the narrowest of margins, exactly the required two thirds of the State Senate. That ended an impasse that began on June 30, 52 days ago. 

Guests:
Judy Lin, Associated Press

Main Topic Are You Being Watched…and Are You Safer for It? The Growth of Video Surveillance 18 MIN, 12 SEC

Los Angeles is one of 37 California cities installing closed-circuit video cameras in public places to catch criminals in the act, or make them think twice because they're afraid they'll be caught in the act.

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)
Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Martin Gill, Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester

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