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Palm Springs report says some claims on mayor’s camera ‘not substantiated’

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Palm Springs Desert Sun

An investigation into concerns that Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon used a camera and intercom system in his City Hall office to record or broadcast confidential conversations failed to prove that anything like that ever happened.

Released Wednesday evening before the City Council’s regular meeting, a 40-page report outlining the findings came nearly nine months after the city approved an independent investigation into the camera and intercom system, which were made public after some City Hall employees complained.

None of the council members including Moon commented on the report during the meeting. 

Last year, Moon said he bought the motion-activated Blink camera because he believed someone may have been entering his office at night. He added that he bought the intercom because it made it easier to communicate with his executive assistant.

The mayor denied recording any interactions with staff and said he believed others knew about the devices. He added that he removed the camera and intercom once he learned they made other people uncomfortable

Last year, an ad hoc city subcommittee charged with reviewing employment practices, looked into the mayor’s use of the camera and intercom system.

It issued a report to City Council that raised “certain questions” about how the devices were used, specifically whether Moon used them to record confidential conversations  or eavesdrop on his fellow council members.  

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This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

Shane Newell covers breaking news and the western Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. He can be reached at Shane.Newell@DesertSun.com, (760) 778-4649 or on Twitter at @journoshane. 

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