Berkeley Rejects Ban on Drones

City government might want to use them after all


The City Council rejected a ban on surveillance drones Tuesday night over concerns they could be useful in crime fighting and during a disaster to locate fire or earthquake victims.

"The intent is not to say we are a No Drone Zone, but we should express our concern about the proliferation of drones and allow them in limited circumstances that can be beneficial in public safety," said Councilman Jesse Arreguin as he proposed an alternative to the proposal before him.