The Madeleine Brand Show for July 8, 2011

Royal visit brings tight security ... no paparazzi?

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive on a horse drawn carriage at a Government Reception at the BMO Centre on July 7, 2011 in Calgary, Canada.

Next weekend will be carmageddon, but this week the Royal couple - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - will arrive in our fair city. You'd think that in this celebrity-worshipping town, of all places, there would be a buzz of excitement over the Royal visit. We had our producer Meghan McCarty on the story, but she found that wasn't really the case.

Two paparazzi photographers said they weren't planning on going anywhere near the Royal couple. Randy Bauer from the photo agency Bauer-Griffin said they were sending one photographer to cover the official red carpet events but they weren't sending any photographers to chase the motorcade or camp out in Hancock Park, where the couple will stay at the British Consul-General's residence.

Bauer said the schedule is just so tightly orchestrated and the security expected to be so tight, it wasn't worth the risk of arrest. The Los Angeles Police Department will have the entire area surrounding the Hancock Park house blocked off with streets barricaded and no trespass zones set up where police have authority to arrest any intruders. The airspace over the neighborhood will be blocked to all aircraft except surveillance helicopters.

One of the neighbors, Diana McNicholas, who lives around the corner from the Consul's residence, said despite the anticipated security circus, she hadn't been notified at all. She hadn't been visited by the LAPD, had no idea which streets were closing or when, and hadn't seen any paparazzi in the neighborhood.

The scene in Hancock Park on Wednesday and Thursday evening was sedate, with no visible signs of security presence. The only police around at that time were blocking off streets for a bike ride organized by City Councilman Tom LaBonge.


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