Villaraigosa's Fuzzy Math
In April 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa said, in his "State of the City" address, that he would hire 1000 new police officers. That was "new," not "additional." To make his pledge sound more significant, he included "new" officers who would simply replace departing officers, i.e., attrition.
Today, he staged yet another photo-op to announce he now plans to hire 780 "new" officers, which, according to the L.A. Times, works out to "a net gain after attrition of more than 260 cops." The timetable? End of his first -- and, if I get my way, last -- term as Mayor, in July 2009.
We currently have 9493 officers -- less than 9500. Let's keep track of how many ADDITIONAL police he actually hires with the City's $6.7 billion annual budget, shall we? It's not "new" that counts. It's "additional."
And if he can't provide police protection for taxpayers, how about giving people in high-crime areas vouchers for private security services? A Brink's "armed response" is better than no response at all, isn't it?
Finally, yes, "fuzzy math" was an intentional pun. Guilty as charged.