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Newport Beach Has a Plan To Police Social Media

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 Is this a good plan ?  Do you have a better idea ?

Newport Beach may not be paradise, but it’s awfully close.  Gorgeous beaches, harbors, boats, shops,  and people.  As you might imagine, over the summer it gets a little busy, and over July 4th weekend it’s the busiest of all. 
Trying to be proactive , the Police Department has decided that this year, for the first time, with a long weekend since the 4th is on a Friday,  they’re going to be scouring social media websites for party plans,  pictures of big crowds drinking, anything that looks like it could get out of hand, and try to anticipate problem spots and send resources. 

They don't want to see anything like the rampaging crowd that vandalized downtown Huntington Beach last July .
Deputy Chief Dave McGill, who grew up here, worked 25 years for the LAPD, and is now back home ‘‘living the dream,’’ told me, “ It‘s just a piece of my situational awareness as incident commander... hopefully if we do it right we can get ahead of the curve, recognize potential locations, where people might be going to party , to fight --we don’t want that large crowd forming. "

Whenever authorities make plans like that, there are always concerns, legitimate concerns in my view , about so-called ‘’ big brother’’  police spying on the public, for lack of a better word.  But hey , if you’re posting online on social media sites, nothing is really private... and haven’t you noticed the growing number of video cameras monitoring public places just about everywhere you turn, Newport included ? Privacy ? Such an antiquated concept.

One 18 year old I spoke with on the beach today actually made a point that I’ve been making for years .   Catherine Dvorman, who grew up here, said “I  think a lot of the negative things coming out of society are actually coming out of social media. It seems to be a catalyst of all the problems. “ Amen to that.   Meantime McGill and the rest of the folks who patrol the beaches are fine with the crowds, just not with the fights.  Is that too much to ask ?  

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