ITEM (40) from Friday's agenda: It was a "special event fee waiver" to "deploy 50 additional footbeat officers at LAPD Central area from September 17th-December 31, 2006.
So during my public comment, I said, "This looks like 50 new cops hitting the streets to enforce the streets for crime?" (I thought it sounded like something good.) But, I was quickly told that's NOT what it is for, and a Councilmember staffer, pulled me off to the side to clarify, it is simply to close down a portion of the streets for LAPD. And after further questioning along the lines, "So this ISN'T to put 50 cops on the street, like to partrol skid row?" And I was told it is simply a "special event" request to close down the streets for LAPD to use (for training, or something.)
So, I called LAPD to see what the "special event" was (reason they are closing down the street, and where) and I was told it is INDEED:
"50 officers being sent to Skid Row, not to traget homelessness, but crimes like narcotic sales and people who refuse to move away from/stop blocking businesses when they are ready to open. An increased street presence of officers in the effort to abate the street crimes that occur."
So it sounds like that "special event" is declaring "Skid Row" as the zone, to target the type of criminal activity that is scarring away business and all the "loft yuppies" who are moving out (and keeping new ones from moving in).
Let's see if this is "exactly" what the Mayor, Chief Bratton and City Council says Sunday morning at 11:30am at Central Station, regarding "Safer Cities and Skid Row", and they lied to ZD to keep him off the story for an additional 24-48 hours?
And read the story in Mayor V.'s own favorite propoganda piece, The LA Times, at www.latimes.com (story by Patrick Mcgreevy). So in this case, you actually can get some usesful information, cause it just so happens the City is doing something ZD feels is worth mentioning.