More Police Means More Taxes?
Tomorrow morning, Police Commissioner Rick Caruso will appear on Doug McIntyre's radio program on KABC.
Here is a question that Doug should ask Rick:
How do you square your support for a significant sales tax increase in the City of Los Angeles with the fact you are developing major shopping malls OUTSIDE the city in communities where Los Angeles is already losing significant shopping activity.
Of course, Caruso will come back and say that he has interests within the city such as The Grove. But most of them are outside LA, in border cities such as Glendale, Westlake, etc. where the well heeled who aren't well heeled enough to escape LA altogether can go for an afternoon and pretend.
By my estimates, adding a 1000 more police officers is going to gost $100,000,000. Its in the budget and I know we could root it out if the political will is there. For example, the DWP paid $24 million for PR. We all know how pointless that is. But think of the PR the DWP could get by donating that money to the City of LA for more police officers. It would be massive! More importantly that's 240 officers thanks to DWP. Another $9 - $10 million can be achieved by getting rid of the completely useless and unneeded Department of Cultural Affairs. Absolutely we need arts and culture in this town - but we have more artists and creative types than anywhere. There is no reason the private sector could not support the arts. Right there we have $35 million. Lets spend a little more time - cut the waste in the Mayor's office, the City Council.
Now right there some of you are jumping off your chairs - hey that's my job! Well for crissakes you're most likely smart enough you could make way more in the private sector and if you're not, we don't owe you a job. I know it ain't politically correct to say so, but lets be serious here folks - we are in a crisis situation.
I'd like to run a little contest here - post the ways YOU KNOW we could trim the budget, add more police and make the city run a little more efficiently. Who knows the best one might win some kind of prize.
More importantly, we owe it to the city.