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Council to discuss Ybor cameras, pension fund

The Tampa City Council meets this morning with two hot items on the agenda _ the city pension fund and the face-scanning cameras in Ybor City.

The 9 a.m. meeting starts with a discussion of whether same-sex partners should receive survivor benefits.

This comes in the wake of the shooting death of Tampa police Officer Lois Marrero, who left behind a life partner, police Detective Mickie Mashburn. Mashburn was denied Marrero's benefits because they were not legally married.

About 11:30 a.m., the council is expected to review face-scanning cameras in Ybor City.

Some council members want to stop police from using the equipment to try to match the faces of people in Ybor City with those of criminals, saying it's an invasion of privacy. The City Council voted unanimously in May for a one-year trial period, but some members later said they didn't understand what they had voted for.

The meeting will be at 315 E Kennedy Blvd., on the third floor.

Housing board votes

to make way for Olympics

The Tampa Housing Authority board unanimously approved a plan Wednesday that calls for the demolition and reconstruction of public housing units to make way for the Olympics, should Tampa win the bid for 2012.

The agreement is a first step in turning Tampa into a credible locale for the Games by guaranteeing a site for an Olympic stadium and an Olympic village to house athletes.

Next week, the plan goes to the Tampa City Council for approval.

Central Park and North Boulevard Homes will come down, if all goes as planned. In their place, Tampa's Olympic committee envisions housing for at least 17,000 people, state-of-the-art facilities for athletes and a huge stadium.