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L.A. officials ponder ways to curb paparazzi


matt.jpgOfficials from several Los Angeles area communities will consider ways to crack down on paparazzi who hound Hollywood celebrities when they meet on Thursday, and measures they decide upon could serve as a springboard for similar actions in major cities around the world.

LA City Councilman Dennis Zine, who has called for stricter measures against photographers, told Reuters on Wednesday that all options are up for discussion — from taxing the paparazzi to creating special licenses for them.

“The paparazzi have really gone overboard in their quest to get a photograph,” Zine said.

Simmering anger against the paparazzi came to a head in Southern California last month when surfers in the celebrity-filled community of Malibu swarmed photographers who had gathered on a beach to get shots of “Fool’s Gold” actor Matthew McConaughey.  The two sides came to blows, and in the ensuing days police stepped up shoreside patrols to keep the peace.