Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission spoke out Tuesday against a proposed
ordinance that would limit the activities of paparazzi around celebrities. Commander
Kirk Albanese told the Los Angeles Times after the meeting: "There are laws
that exist out there [to deal with unruly photographers]. We need to use those laws."
But City Councilman Dennis Zine, the author of the proposed ordinance, asked, "If
they have enough rules, why does it cost [the city] $25,000 to transport Britney
Spears to the hospital?" Zine accused the paparazzi of "becoming increasingly aggressive
in their tactics, posing a clear danger not only to the people they are trying to
photograph, but to the general public around them." His ordinance would create a
"buffer zone" between the photographers and the celebrities.