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Watchful state officials see no immediate security threats

May 2, 2011 | 12:41 pm

In Sacramento, state law enforcement officials said Monday that they were monitoring things in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Homeland Security officials in California are "focusing on detecting any retaliatory efforts," said Lori Newquist, a public information officer for the California Emergency Management Agency.

Photos: Osama bin Laden dead

Officials said they had not identified any threat that would require an increase in security measures at state institutions.

"There is no specific intelligence that we are aware of," said Jay Alan, CEMA's communications director, who added, "Everybody should be aware and be vigilant."

At the state Capitol, where visitors have long had to pass through metal detectors to enter the building, security remains high, as it has since previous incidents including the January shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.

"We are pretty ramped up anyway," said Tony Beard, sergeant-at-arms of the state Senate. He said no additional measures were being taken Monday.


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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento