Memo to Bratton: The People Have Spoken
Maybe Baca should have got a clue when he failed to get enough signatures to place the item on the ballot and had to go hat in hand to the Axis of Liberal Evil on the County Board of Supes. Does he think the people think they are not taxed enough?
Baca and Bratton had raised more than $2.8 million for the campaign, with major contributions coming from the union that represents Los Angeles police officers, companies that contract with the sheriff's or police departments and wealthy local businessmen.
Baca's nearly $3 million campaign was funded what by many alleged to be a shakedown of vendors doing or wanting to do business with the Sheriff's Department as well as backers of the also unsuccesful pro-casino gambling Proposition 68. As card club money flowed into the Prop A coffers, Baca was one of only two sheriffs statewide who backed 68.
Now Bratton is talking about a City of LA only version of Prop A. He ought to think twice, given that people don't want their taxes increased. The Chief would be well informed to study a proposal by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Council President Alex Padilla that would - imagine this - look at ways to cut wasteful city spending and put those dollars back into policing.
If we had done that to begin with, we wouldn't be in this mess.