Plans by Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern to buy a drone nearly went unnoticed. But when privacy advocates picked up on the item included in a Board of Supervisors agenda in November, the sheriff put plans to buy the spindly black four-rotor unit on hold.
That did not deter San Mateo County’s Office of Emergency Services, which requested $70,000 for the same model, an AirCover QuadRotor QR425s. San Francisco also wanted a similar unit, but the city’s $100,000 request, submitted in 2012, hasn’t gotten off the ground. Neither did an $8,000 request by San Jose’s bomb squad for a small drone.
The drone requests slipped by even the staunchest opponents because they would have been paid for with federal funds
Read the rest of Angela Woodall’s report at the Oakland Tribune