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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Wendy Buys Five More Cops

WendyFirst off, yes I am back, but don't cry for me Alhambra. Mayor Sam is in his busy season, so between me and the Chief, I think we can keep things up and running. Now if that damn Frank Shaw or the Insider would get off their asses, we might be able to crank out some blog fodder.

Anyway, "Everyone Knows It Wendy" Greuel has so far come up with enough dough to hire only five police officers in her grand savings scheme, reports today's Daily News. Its not that the idea is a bad one, in fact, its the best way. Cut the damn fat and you'll have plenty of clams to hire more coppers. She just needs to work a little harder. She has offered up a few ideas like selling ads on city vehicles (okay by me) and streamling some various tasks, but you got to go further and you will have to piss some people (yes, unions) off in the process.

Here are Mayor Sam's ways we could achieve the dough (or at least get on the right track):
  • Outsource the DOT including more of their bus drivers, the meter collectors, etc. Put some of the enforcement positions back into the Police Department where those people could also help with public safety.
  • Eliminate the Department of Cultural Affairs, Human Relations, Immigrant Affairs, etc. These are all functions that non-profit organizations can handle. You might only save enough here for 25 to 50 cops, but hell that's an excellent step in the right direction.
  • Implement Richard Alarcon's plan to bill the harbor, LAX and DWP for security.
  • Outsource the Department of Aging completely to the wonderful non-profit organizations such as Valley Interfaith Council, Jewish Family Service, etc. who already do most of their heavy lifting for them.
  • Cut each council office budget by $200,000 as a token effort to provide at least two more officers per CD.
Those are just some. I will enjoy reading your freak-outs.

20 Comments:

Blogger Chief Parker said:

The Daily News also ran a second item today regarding the LAPD.

In the opinion piece, entitled 'More With Less,' they note just how great a job Bratton has done, even with little support regarding his many pleas for more cops and the city's leadership inability to deliver them.

I personally offer my sincerest thanks to the Chief for carrying Hahn's water throughout his short tenure at LAPD, but one of these days the lure of Dept. Of Homeland Security or some other higher calling is going to rob us of Bratton's talents if City Hall doesn't pull their heads out of their #$%!

I too look forward to hearing your ideas.

January 18, 2005 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok, you asked for it and you will get it. Other thoughts:

1. Suspend the Art's fee in new construction and apply it to public safety until LAPD is at a respectable number.

2. Suspend the 1% that fee that is paid into an uncontrolled, unelected 'committee' commonly referred to as 'the one stop committee', that holds and distributes millions of dollars in these permit fee allocations when the 'need' arises and use the millions of funds in each year to fund new cops on an annual basis until LAPD is at a respectable number.

3. Suspend all of the council offices 'discretionary' dollars or obligate them to use the funds directly for more officers in their council district until LAPD is at a respectable number.

4. Suspend further payment of $50,000.00 each to each neighborhood council and use those funds directly for the hiring of new police officers until LAPD is at a respectable number.

5. Suspend discretionary usage of City funds, like for parade floats, parades, mayor and other elected 'discovery' trips, etc, and pay those funds directly into new LAPD officers until LAPD is at a respectable number.

6. Reduce staffing of all counsel offices, all other non essential offices (except City Attorney and Controller offices) and put those savings directly into new officers for LAPD.

7. Reduce the Mayor and City Council and all other elected official's salaries by a percentage sufficient to fund a reasonable amount of new LAPD officers.

8. Charge a fee, just like the sewer fee, and other fees and assessments on new construction that prorates to the anticipated number of new officers each new project will require.

9. No more free passes or waivers of fees for games, parades, 501c3/4 events, etc. If you want to play.......this IS something for which you should pay....and put those millions given up each year directly into the hiring of new LAPD officers, until brought to a reasonable leve.

There is soooo much more that I could go on and on about....the bottom line is our priorities are screwed up and while we and many of our electeds talk a good game NO ONE......right on, NO ONE is willing to bite the bullet and take the heat for doing what is necessary to make our City 'The Safest City in America'. Hahn you big squaking chicken _ _ _ _, stop the lipservice and do something, you jerk. That IS what you were elected for....not just to satisfy those whom you perceive will get you reelected. If you can come up with an 11 billion dollar plan at LAX, is it too much to think that if you tried real hard, you might be able to come up with a plan for new police officers, as well, AS YOU PROMISED.

Are your word's hollow? ... and don't keep using your 'family's name, your family's integrity crap quotes. Your Dad got your family name the 'integrity' quotes..........now you need to do something on your own and quit backsliding to what your family was in LA. The real questions are what it has become and what it will be ....in the future of LA.

Think on your own, your a big boy now......and if you cannot, or it is too uncomfortable...do us all a favor, including your 'family name and reputation', which granted has been great in Los Angeles. DO SOMETHING ELSE !!!

January 18, 2005 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, you want more cops. Provide them with housing in not just awful neigbhorhoods but throughout the City at low cost, so long as they remain with LAPD(other than out by disability) that they will own, etc and you will see them living in this City.

If they live here, you dumb politicians, they will ALWAYS be on duty in their neighborhoods ....an mostly without pay during their times off and we will have much better public safety, etc.

You want to have cops that care, that want to raise their families on their limited income in LA, that will make the neighborhoods safer. Encourage them by dollars...not donuts or stupid 3-12 programs(which only encourage them to live somewhere else during their time off).. . . . . . you dumb _ _ _ _ _ !!!!!!!!!!

January 18, 2005 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How shameful our city council now looks!! They are the biggest embarrassement to this city and the nation. What other elected officials would ignore their own call for more police officers and then stand by and do NOTHING? Only in Los Angeles. We're the only big city that doesn't care about our law enforcement being fully staffed. I wouldn't blame Bratton for one second if he decided to leave LA. Problem is I know he cares about his officers and is being patient dealing with the moron, idiots like council hoping they find a brain and come up with the money.

January 18, 2005 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM 3RD FLOOR GUY

All excellent ideas. Now we need someone with dough to fund a ballot measure to bring about some of these ideas cause you know the electeds can't do it on their home.

Instead of bending over for James Hahn to support the tax increase, Rick Caruso would be well served to support any of these well meaning reforms.

Burt Boeckman are you listening? Your dealerships in LA would be hurt by a sales tax hike. How about coming on board for some of the excellent ideas posted by these bloggers? You know how to make things happen.

Mayor Sam, thanks for the post, you have some great readers!

January 18, 2005 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAYOR SAM WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO PULL THE PLUG ON BOY FROM TROY WHO TELLS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH AN UNDERAGE BOY ON HIS SITE? THE REAL MAYOR SAM STOOD FOR FAMILY VALUES NOT CHILD ABUSE. YOU SHOULD NOT ENDORSE THIS.

January 18, 2005 12:36 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

If you have a problem with his opinions and actions, go vent them there rather than waste our bandwidth with off-topic comments here. He has explained himself in the comments section, and that is enough for me. We don't endorse him, we simply link to him as a fellow opinionated person in the LA region who talks politics.

If we blocked every site that ever posted something we didn't agree with, we wouldn't have any links to anyone. It's also a slippery slope. Do we then ban all sites and comments we don't agree with either?

January 18, 2005 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is Bert Boeckmann for the record. Not Burt

January 18, 2005 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with the above posters. Get rid of those special event fees. They won't though cause it's all political. Antonio, Parks are biggest abusers who waive fees for corporate friends who could afford to pay. Parks waives fees for rich friends at USC games and their parent's parties. GET RID OF THEM

January 18, 2005 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its common sense that you expand your police department every year and yet that hasn't happened in LA. Its becuase of city council's arrogance that have our officers working their butts off. How the hell did we get in this mess? Other major cities aren't in this mess. We need to get rid of these lazy council people who have been taking for Bratton for granted.

January 18, 2005 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I WLL NO LONGER READ MAYOR SAM BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO PULL THE PLUG ON BOY FROM TROI OR AT LEAST WON'T CHIEF PARKS. WHO RUNS THIS PLACE PARKS OR MAYOR SAM? I HAVEN'T HEARD FRMO MAYOR SAM MAYBE CHIEF PARKSR WILL TOLERATE CHILD ABUSE BUT DOES MAYOR SAM?

January 18, 2005 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like someone is a homophobe! Stick to your guns chief.

January 18, 2005 4:52 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

I'm just curious if you sent your little missive to these sites as well. At this rate you aren't going to have much of a world wide web to view if you keep this perspective. You also won't have time to read our site anyways. A quick Yahoo search comes up with someone 81,000 mentions of Boi From Troy. Google 114,000. You better get hopping!

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January 18, 2005 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I DONT READ GAY BLOGS I COME TO MAYOR SAM TO READ ABOUT LA AND NOT THOSE BLOGS SO I DON'T CARE BUT I HOPE MAYOR SAM STANDS FOR SOMETHING AND NOT FOR SOMETHING LIKE BOY FROM TROIY POSTED ON HIS BLOG

January 18, 2005 5:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, homophobe, find a new home for your bull**** ideas (and learn how to spell). Thanks, Chief Parker, for sticking to your guns, and being smart enough to know that even though one person may not agree with some content, you can't make the judgement to block it.

P.S. You asked what's wrong with him as a gay Republican? Ever heard of the Log Cabin Republicans? Maybe the boi from troy is smart enough to know he doesn't necessarily have to reconcile his political beliefs and his lifestyle. Certainly not to a fool like you.

January 18, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the hell does Boi from Troy and gay Republicans have to do with more cops? Boy some bloggers never cease to amaze me!

-TOM

January 18, 2005 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How sad that they just ruined a very good citywide issue on police officers. We have to get some insecure loser post all his crap on here and it stops all the good dialogue on ideas how to fund more cops. What a total loser.

January 18, 2005 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM CHICKENBALL
HOW SAD THAT MAYOR SAM WON'T PULL PLUG ON BOY FROM TROY AND HIS OFFENSIVE ACTIVITY WITH UNDERAGE PEOPLE BEING LINKED TO FROM MAYOR SAM.

MAYOR SAM THE COWARD WON'T EVEN SPEAK HAS CHIEF PARKS DO HIS DIRTY WORK FOR HIM. I WILL NOT READ THIS BLOGG ANY MORE. I WORK FOR IMPORTANT PEOPLE

January 19, 2005 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD8 resident:

Don't feed the homophobic troll. Ignore him & he'll go away.

January 19, 2005 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Chickenball - For someone who isn't going to read this blog anymore, you sure keep posting a lot

January 19, 2005 3:02 PM  

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