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Friday, November 30, 2007

Why So Bitter Bernie?

We reported yesterday that Clowncilman Bernard Parks has managed to get his colleague Jan Perry to join in his protracted battle against the Los Angeles Police Department's 3/12 work schedule in which officers are able to work three 12 hour shifts a week.

The plan is highly popular among officers who can not afford housing within Los Angeles and live in cheaper environs far away such as Santa Clarita, San Bernardino, Simi Valley, etc. Its a lot easier to do a two hour commute three times a week instead of five. And it gives them time to connect with their families, relax and refresh for their time on duty.

This time Bitter Bernie® finds himself bitch-slapped by none other than the LAPD Wife. The Bitterman is still so hurt that he was fired by Mayor Hahn - even though Hahn was booted as Mayor and Bernie's now on the Council - he seems hellbent on a mission to destroy the LAPD fueled by his resentment of current Chief William Bratton and his hatred of the Police Protective League. As the wife writes:

"At times it's hard to remember that Bernard Parks was once the chief of the LAPD and a career officer himself. Now a city council member, he is often at the front in criticizing, lambasting and blaming the department for any number of woes as well as proposing cuts to finances, recruitment and other ideas for improving the department or dept morale."
LAPD Wife

Jan Perry you already have people laughing at you for trying to ban fast food when you have too much junk in your trunk. Don't make people think you're a total fool by joining this malcontent and his vendetta.

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50 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,
So, when did you become a bleeding heart liberal? Oh, poor, poor police officers, you have to work so many hours on so many days. Isn't that why the hell you get paid?

The fact is, the 3 day/36 hour work week for cops is costing the city a ton of overtime.

Would Joe taxpayer be so sympathetic if these guys worked for DWP or Rec and Parks? Me thinks the answer to that is no.

And yet, a lot of these guys face the same crappy situations you cops face without hazard pay and a better retirement.

Tell me how many other police departments let their officers work a 36 hour workweek in 3 days? In fact, how many other working stiffs get those kind of hours??

Shut up and go to work!

November 30, 2007 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many other working stiffs get a badge, a gun and a little over fifty thousand dollars, and are then sent into the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, up against the most hardened criminals and hoods? IF it were such a cush job, why is it so hard to recruit these days? One reason for the oversight is the legacy of Rampart scandal, legacy of Bernie himself. Who the cops thought was inept.

Shut up, Bernie, you and Jan aren't the brightest bulbs on the Council, you can't even articulate your confused points, and couldn't understand that statistics and perceptions are not the same thing.

You perceive yourself as smart, but you can't articulate the simplest thought. Next, you'll be asking Ed Reyes to write and read your speeches, that's how hopeless you are.

November 30, 2007 2:04 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

Yep, bernie, you are so hopeless that you'll have to get off the City Council soon.

You're going to be exiled to the County Board of Supervisors where you'll only have about ten times as much power to affect our lives.

This is what you get for being so inept. Next time, listen to Mayor Sam and the geniuses around here and stop being so bitter.

And, just so you get off to the right start, we're going to send you ZD as a mentor, to help you learn how to win elections and to run a large government. He's been very busy lately running the stock market and all, but he'll try to give you a few minutes from time to time, so you'll be able to function effectively.

Next time, listen to Mayor Sam, and you won't get punished like this.

November 30, 2007 4:02 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Mayor Sam,

I know you and others are making fun of Jan Perry for trying to ban fast food, when some people think she is over her target body weight?

I don't see this correlation?

Can only a thin Councilmember speak about this?

I'm not saying whether Jan's idea is a good one, or a bad one...

but a CM is supposed to represent their entire community, and if this is something positive for the community, who cares if the CM is short, tall, skinny or fat.

If someone wants to help people on skid row, do they have to live on skid row?

If someone wants to help an upscale community, do they have to be wealthy, themselves?

If a CM says, "We should be better preparing kids for college", do they have to be college graduates?

If you feel Jan has, "too much junk in her trunk", maybe she is fighting to make sure this doens't happen to other people.

So if you wanna make fun of Jan for trying to meddle, where she shouldn't...that's a valid argument...but Michael Jordan's coach doesn't have to be a better basketball player than Michael.

And you don't have to be thin, to wanna help obese people.

November 30, 2007 6:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:18am you probably don't have the balls to get in a black and white and get shot at responding to calls. Assaults against officers are up 39%. No amount of money is worth risking your life. Do your homework there are lot of police depts. around the nation on 3-12. Why is it ok for the fire dept. to use as much overtime as they need and not LAPD? WE can all thank city council for voting against more cops back when Hahn was in office as mayor. Bitter Bernie never asked or did anything to get recruit more cops. The hypocrisy is Bitter Bernie and his wife go to church and pretend to be religious. Someone please give that man a Bible and have him read the book of Romans.

November 30, 2007 6:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let "Bitter Bernie" put back on his old uniform and patrol places like Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, and Ramona gardens at night. Then ask his opinion.

November 30, 2007 7:36 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

12:18 AM

Since when did bleeding heart liberals stick up for cops? Uh, never.

And you're absolutely right that we would not be sympathetic to DWP workers or Wreck and Parks in the same situation.

You're apparently way too brain dead to see that being a police officer is a far greater committment than dragging a rake around the park or installing $5000 toilets at the harbor.

Dummy.

November 30, 2007 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for you Mayor Sam. You forgot to tell 12:18am that the DWP got a 17% raise and LAPD only 4% over a couple of years. What's hard to understand is Bitter Bernie has been publicly humiliated when Daily News wrote a scathing Opinion on his behavior, and other papers have criticized him. Now anyone would try and back off but not Bernie. Stubborn old fool

November 30, 2007 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://mayorsam.blogspot.com/2007/11/uno-de-cada-ocho.html

Why no comments from Mayor Sam's minutemen about George Bush allowing millions of illegal aliens into the country?

I always read about the mechista mayor and the sanctuary city. What about the Buffoon Bush and the sanctuary country?

November 30, 2007 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have any one of you, especially so-called Mayor Sam, ever been to or spent any time in South Los Angeles, districts 8 or 9? I doubt it. If you did, you would understand why Parks and Perry are asking for flexibility in the police hours in these areas, not across the board. If the neighborhood you lived in was riddled daily by gunfire and plagued by gangs, you would be wondering why the police only work 3 days a week as well. Get off your high horse in your cushy neighborhood and go down to South Los Angeles to see what's going on. Parks and Perry represent the constituents there who understand the problems in THEIR neighborhoods.

When problems occur in South LA, it has been proven the response time for police is longer and police fear they won't get the back they need in time. Not to mention that the families living in South LA can't even sit down to a nice dinner anywhere in the neighborhood except for Denny's and Sizzler because the area is bombarded with unhealthy fast food. Check the facts and the reasons behind the actions of Park and Perry, then possibly those of you who sit in judgment from your safe neighborhoods will begin to understand some of the problems Parks, Perry and their constituents are facing.

November 30, 2007 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:46: Parks/ Perry flak, first of all, your bosses have an unfriendly relationship to not only the basics of the English language and the logic and thought processes necessary to express oneself using that language (which is very precise, so if you can't express yourself in English, doubt you can do so in any language.)

This deficiency is not only a matter of "perception," but reality. Maybe the uneducated people they pander to in their hood thinks being confused by their clouded, long-winded nonsense means they're too dumb to follow such brilliance: but in fact, their dumbness is not just perception, it's fact.

They fail to understand the big picture which goes into hiring, training and retaining police officers -- on the one hand, they're arguing they'd like the same cops to be in the same hood 5 days a week, but they also want to cut their funding and salaries, and think they can get all this by making them drive from the burbs (where they can afford to live), 5 days a week instead of 3, and have no life?

Again, their inability to see that 2 + 3 don't add up to 4.

As for berating those of us "in safe neighborhoods" for not understanding, keep in mind, it's US in these neighborhoods you envy who pay for the cops in the WHOLE city, and get only a miniscule share of that back in our own hoods.

And no, we're not so "safe," we don't fear crime -- most of us have to hire private security due to the lack of cops on the westside, Palisades, hills, west Valley etc. -- because they're all in YOUR neighborhoods, where social structures clearly aren't preventing kids from becoming hoods, gangbangers and common crooks.

It's precisely because we DON'T have nearly the % of cops we pay for, patrolling our own hoods, that we fell for the Mayor's "trash tax for cops," which your braindead and diabolical Bernie Parks tried to swipe into the general fund -- because he'd been too incompetent to find any other appropriate solutions in timely manner. He didn't even alert other CM's about the "crisis" until it was upon us.

So Bernie Parks, with Perry and their sidekicks, felt it was fine to steal the trash tax explicitly promised for cops, since hey, you've screwed the rest of town anyway, the cash cows, the middle and upper middle class (regardless of race) you've enabled this crippled city to function as well as it has.

Bernie is not only stupid, but his amazing arrogance and class warfare mentality are a huge danger to this city.

Get a new job -- Mark Ridley-Thomas will be Supervisor. Maxine Waters does not have the clout she used to -- she and Parks are political dinosaurs, and their linking to each other is like sinking little dinghies in the ocean, being knocked aside by a tidal wave of younger, fresher people who are educated, thoughtful and want to unite not divide across racial lines.

So go away, Bernie spinner: maybe zuma can get you a job as an assistant financial analyst.

November 30, 2007 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:46 am is definitely Parks Jr. who usually spins for daddy. WE DO LIVE IN THE GANG AREAS MORON. There's more gangs on the Eastside yet the people work with cops to try and solve issues not be crybabies all the time. What has the Nation of Islam done, you know the guys that Perry kisses their ass for political donations done for South LA? Bitter Bernie and Perry haven't done a damn thing in their districts to be proactive or have one idea to resolve the gang issue. Their districts still look as bad as when the riots occurred. Perry is only interested in the big developers in downtown and Bernie is only interested in developers by his rich school USC. You can't blame cops for gang violence but its a community problem and bad parenting. Why isn't Perry and Bitter Bernie trying to educate all the illegals in their district to learn ENGLISH first then have them take parenting classes??

November 30, 2007 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's actually an idea floating around the Hall that it would be a good idea if cops would live in the neighborhoods they are assigned to so they can be more effective in enforcing the law there.

Really? Then perhaps we need to require firefighters to do the same - live in the neighborhoods adjacent to their stations so they can fight fires better? We could require the same for Rec. & Parks employees so they can re-create in the parks better?

November 30, 2007 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, we should try that for Clowncilmembers too!!

November 30, 2007 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Start with Supervisors like Burke, who don't think even a posh condo in a nicer part of her district is good enough to persuade her hubby to leave his tennis court in Brentwood and move there, and part time!

Sure: tell cops that in addition to that terrific salary and a badge, and the chance to get all shot up, their families all have to move to the hood and incur the dangers of being a cop's kids, go to the public schools, and all the other bizarre dangers and risks inherent in moving from Valencia or Simi or Thousand Oaks or San Bernardino to the hood.

Recruitment will soar: among gang members.

There is a broader issue of middle- class, "affordable," housing, to enable cops and firefighters as well as teachers and others, but that means building these units areas that are closer than the above, but safe and with good schools.

That's a solution no one has come up with, and shoeboxes in huge buildings with no parking (like the other Council resident brain, Reyes, and his goofy "experts" on Transportation like Woo, want) definitely won't attract these people.

Social engineering is pie in the sky: for now, what works best is 3/12 and treating the cops with some respect, to go along with the accountability and transparancy we demand of them.

November 30, 2007 1:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the only city in the nation that consistently criticizes their cops, takes the word or negative spin of the media and the suspect before the officers and hardly ever come out to support them. Then add the Cholo Mayor who speaks in Spanish to a bunch of criminals, the likes of a TJ like Huizar and Reyes who support illegals more then they do cops and is it any wonder why the clowncil gets no respect and cops can't stand them or the gang banger Mayor. Remember everyone Antonio was AGAINST GANG INJUNCTIONS THAT WORK.

November 30, 2007 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

it must be horrible waking up every morning mad at the world and being filled with such anger, vindictivness, hatred and bitterness towards people. Can you imagine living in Bitter Bernie's skin. Rumor has it that his own family has tried to get through him to let it go and move on but without much success.

November 30, 2007 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Alarcon living in his district this week?

November 30, 2007 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If we are going to eliminate HIV in Los Angeles, we need to get past the stereotypes and stigma, and make HIV testing a part of routine healthcare for all Angelenos," Mayor Villaraigosa said.

Antonio should be preaching not to sleep around in the first place and contract an STD then give it to your partner. I hope Mirthala and Corina and all the other women who has been with this loser get tested. rumor has it he can't get it up anymore and has to take viagra.

November 30, 2007 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Zuma's Daddy said:

Zuma:

You are an insecure little pussy, and everyone now knows it.

If criticism is well founded, it will stick, and if not, it should roll of with no traction.

But you lack the confidence to find out what others think of you, whether they agree or disagree.

Keep searching for your balls; the last time they were seen, they were rolling down PCH on the way to Neptune's net.

November 30, 2007 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"The man who is concerned about another man's features usually has none that are redeeming himself."

Taken from a speech by Gen. Arthur Codswallop during the Battle of Dumfrys

November 30, 2007 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma why did you delete the story about Avila? Did the Mayor call and ask you?

November 30, 2007 4:47 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

4:22pm,

Do you have torrets syndorme? OK, all that stuff you say is true? so what's the point?

meanwhile, you have some racket going. post any foul, sexually graphic stuff mixed in with lies -- and make fun of women's physical appearances -- then say I can't take criticism when I remove it.

Nice try, noodle arm. I can see you haven't gotten over the bitch slap I served your ass. Get over it, son. You're consumed by YOUR American Idol...

Big ZD, from the 213!

November 30, 2007 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:56 = tonto.

November 30, 2007 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I used to have a restaurant in an area adjacent to south central and I can tell you that whenever I saw a black person come in I would cringe because not one of the waitresses wanted to wait on them. For the most part they are bad tippers and complain endlessely about everything, including the price of the food, quantity of the food and the service. That is why no one in their right mind will open a sit down restaurant in south central LA. It is not worth the aggravation. Only Denny's and Sizzler which are "fast food" sit down restaurants will open their.

If you think this is rascist your are mistaken. Open up a medium to fine dining establishment their and let me know after five years how you like being abused by the clientele.

So to all those who think that this is racist, including Jan Perry, put your money were your mouth is open a restaurant. If there is money to be made the place would be full of them.

November 30, 2007 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

...this is a job for Stephen C. Forster!

November 30, 2007 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=5802101

The city's police officers demonstrated on Thursday. They say a lack of police manpower is the reason for the "spike" in crime.

******************

This is how the police unions use lies and scare tactics to get a pay raise. The cops in Arcadia are not being shot at or chasing dangerous gang members.

The cops use just two recent crimes to scare residents and demand a pay raise. I say hell no to the poilce unions.

November 30, 2007 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WAKE THE F-CK UP MORON. go tell that to the LAPD Narco officer who had both legs broken standing on the side of the street helping his fellow partners do an arrest warrant on a heroin drug dealer and the coward intentionally swerved to go hit him. The officer had head trauma, broken legs and facial lacerations. go tell that to his wife and children that no one assaulting police officers in LA. Go tell that to Officer Tuck who was ambushed last year responding to a call when a suspect ambushed him and his partner and almost completely severed his hand with an AK47. There's many many many more stories like this that happen all the time to LAPD officers. Tell Bitter Bernie and Jan Perry to quit blaming cops for the gang violence in their community. Those illegal Latinos and Black low lifes don't respect their own. Haven't you ever heard Bill Cosby or Larry Elder go off on low life people?

November 30, 2007 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. One of the purposes of the 3/12 plan was to provide an incentive for police officers to remain with the LAPD. LA has to keep up with other cities not just in salary but in benefits.

2. The Supreme Court ruled decades ago that cities cannot force its employees to live within its boundaries. That too would have been another reason for cops to leave the LAPD.

3. Is the problem that Jan Perry is trying to address obsesity? If so, why is government's response always to pass a law banning whatever bugs them? Or is her goal to get more sit down restaurants built in South Los Angeles, and attacking the fast food places is just one means toward that end?

November 30, 2007 7:08 PM  

Blogger Diallo said:

I think you guys inadvertently hit the problem on the head.

Most of these cops are driving in from FAR outside the communities they are policing.

That's the problem right there.

Not saying Latinos should police Latinos, Blacks police Blacks, so on and so forth...but we SHOULD try to have recruit cops from the geographic communities they would police.

They would better understand the terrain, the people they police (both the law-abiding and the criminal), and it would lead to less tension between the police and the policed.

You want long commutes and traffic to be less of a problem? There's your solution...

November 30, 2007 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAPD is trying, but passing the written and physical tests, going through the academy, is tough.

With over half of inner city kids not even graduating high school, many lack the motivation to go further. It's a good question, how many might be interested, and are guidance counselors and recruiters out there, like for the military?

Plus, with someone growing up in the hood, it's hard for them not to have had any gang contacts -- hard to filter out, I'd imagine.

In general, they've had to lower the physical requirements, weight, BMI, etc., so the former image of the LAPD as perfect hot bods is fading fast.

That's partly to do with the changed culture, which used to be all macho and para-military. So it's not all bad.

But between the way the media and local "leaders" have been dumping on them, not giving them the power to use SP40 and tying their hands, while demanding more accountability, the job has become less and less attractive.

November 30, 2007 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:47 you are right.

We can't have any low life mexicans and blacks on the LAPD. We need to have the whites from simi-valley come in and control all those low-life blacks and mexicans. Beside the blacks and mexicans are too stupid and fat to be pass any police academy.

The police have a tough job policing a bunch of low-life mexicans and blacks. We need to deport the black and mexicans back to their own homeland.

We need to rise up against the mexican and black in our country. Our countries forefathers did not intend for all thse low-lifes in our country.

This Blog is a great place to voice our opinions and frustrations with the mexicans and blacks. Deport all these monkeys and see how we will improve our country.

November 30, 2007 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the first poster,

You should call around and check and see how many other cities offer flex time, or 3 12-hour shifts. You'll see that MOST of them do. We have been training the cops in our excellent training facilities and then losing them to other cities. It happens all the time.

Parks is absolutely insane on this issue. All he cares about is getting rid of flex time.

He's wrong and Perry shouldn't go down with him.

Get over it Bernie. It's done. We aren't going back. You can't win this.

December 01, 2007 3:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait until the Sheriff goes on flex time; I can't wait for Supervisor Berie to opine on that decision.

December 01, 2007 3:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is classic. Gotta love Jack Dunphy.

...It was in 2002 that then-Mayor James Hahn wisely chose not to retain Bernard Parks as chief of the LAPD, ousting him in favor of hiring current chief William Bratton. (Bratton was recently reappointed to a second five-year term in the post.) I advocated hiring Bratton at the time, and though we who toil at the lower levels of the LAPD have had our differences with him over these five years, differences chronicled many times in these columns, the drop in crime seen since his arrival simply would have been unthinkable had Parks remained in the job.

So bitter is Parks at having been let go from the LAPD, so resentful is he of Bratton’s achievements, that he is willing to cut the department’s budget, even if it comes at the price of rising crime. And there are those on the city council who seem only too willing to acquiesce to Park’s petulance.
Now Parks insists on tightening the purse strings, ostensibly in the name of fiscal responsibility, but in reality for no other reason than to exert his authority over the police department that celebrated his removal, and more importantly over Bratton, the chief who found success where he, Parks, found nothing but failure

This is one of the things that happens when departments don’t live within their budget,” Parks told reporters, taking a thinly veiled slap at Bratton. Granted, it may have been easier for Parks to keep a lid on overtime when he was chief: The department was so demoralized under his autocratic regime that officers were loath to make arrests or even get out of their cars. As the number of arrests declined under Parks, to no one’s surprise the number of reported crimes increased, as did the number of bodies stacked up in the morgue. These trends were reversed virtually the moment Parks was sent packing. The decrease in crime seen under Bratton was brought about by an increase in officer productivity: In 2006, LAPD officers made 38,000 more arrests than they did in 2002.

The solutions proposed to avert the LAPD’s budgetary shortfall are comically shortsighted. Officers are being discouraged from making arrests if doing so will result in overtime, and some are being told to disregard subpoenas to appear in court. There is even talk within the department of having those specialized units that ordinarily work evenings, like gang and narcotics squads, work during the day so as to eliminate court overtime. But with these officers gone from the streets at night, when most gang and drug crime occurs, how long will it be before the city’s gangsters and dope dealers take advantage of their absence?

Faced with this pending crisis, how did the L.A. city council occupy its time on Friday? By banning the use of the “N-word.” No, I’m not kidding. Even Casey Stengel would be speechless.

“Perry said she was so emotionally scarred after hearing the word directed at her years ago.” said the Times, “that she recoiled when she heard it used by any people, regardless of their race or ethnicity.” If that’s truly the case, Perry could stand on the sidewalk in front of her district office on South Broadway for an hour and hear the word used enough times to put her on a therapist’s couch for the rest of her life. And if she were to stand there at night, hearing some coarse language would be the least of her problems, especially if she and her colleagues can’t turn from cheap symbolism to figuring out how to pay for police overtime before it’s too late.

THANK YOU JACK

December 01, 2007 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a crock.
Cops "can't afford housing"?
Bull.

They just don't want to live amongst the people they occupy. Can't blame them for not wanting to send their kids to LAUSD.

December 01, 2007 9:05 AM  

Blogger L.A. Woman said:

12:29 p.m., I am stunned. You really think Parks is going to lose, that Waters doesn't have the clout she used to? I couldn't disagree more.

December 01, 2007 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact is most cops cannot afford to live in the city. I could not afford to buy where I want to live in the city even in the median priced homes.

The City's home ownership program is a joke. For a long time Bernie was on the Housing Community Economic Dev Comm. Did he push for an ownership program? Nope.

The fact is without the 3/36 I would have gone to another dept.

December 01, 2007 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with Bernie regarding the 3 day/36 work week. I have worked this schedule as a law enforcement officer. I did not particularly like the schedule but it has some great benefits for employees. However it is not in the best interest of the community for so many reasons. I would get carpel tunnel typing them out.

There are however other compressed schedules that would be better for the community and would still give relief to cops who have to deal with the high cost of housing and more importantly the commute to affordable housing.

I side with Bitter Bernie on this one.

December 01, 2007 12:40 PM  

Anonymous from one la woman to another said:

I will work my legs pounding the pavement and my fingers will be numb from dialing for Mark Ridley-Thomas.

When he was here, I wanted him gone. That was stupid of me. Sometimes it takes a disaster like Parks to make some of us see the light.

I see Mark Ridley-Thomas at the end of the tunnel.

A big F You to Parks. Bitter is too lightweight of a word to use. He is awful.

December 01, 2007 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well 12:40, you'll lose the remaining cops we have. We can't attract new ones and if we don't offer the few who we do attract scheduling that is competitive, why come here? Why not go work for San Fernando? Talk about one of the best police departments to work for, SFPD is high on the list. No unhappy officers there and you'll never hear about them getting so irate that they beat anyone up.

December 01, 2007 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:47 There are plenty of departments that do not have the 3 day work week and they do not have a problem hiring officers. I was never really about schedules in LA. It was and is about support of the officers by the political establishment.

Had the political leadership been more supportive during Rampart and the Perez Affair, they would not have had to buy off the officers with better schedules to stay.

December 01, 2007 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Then we shall agree to disagree. Or else one of us will have to go and research which cities have their own police departments and which ones offer flex time.

But we can agree that political leadership needs to be supported. You can see the difference between Parks and Bratton. Parks couldn't be supported by the politicians because he wasn't supported by his own men.

We were lucky to get Bratton and Villaraigosa was smart to keep him. I wish he could have yet another term.

December 01, 2007 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I meant political leadership needs to be supportive, not supported.

December 01, 2007 1:25 PM  

Blogger L.A. Woman said:

I still foresee the older black civic establishment turning out in big numbers to give Parks a county coronation. He's more their generation.

December 01, 2007 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:40 and 1:13: Both are Bernie Parks, Jr, who spins for daddy.

Stop it, Jr, daddy's done -- if you'd wanted to help, you'd have gotten him to stop battling the LAPD and Bratton from the get-go.

Bratton is a nationally recognized "star" in policing, but he doesn't have the big ego your daddy Bernie Parks does, even though he was the worst police chief ever.

You're not a cop, stop pretending to write as one. That's disrespectful to real cops, who oppose Parks and his hostility toward them.

You say at 1:13 that this is really about fighting the political establishment: yes, that sums up what your Daddy Bernie Parks has been doing, all right. Fighting the "establishment" that didn't rehire him and supports Bratton instead. Yes, Hahn who fired him is gone, but everyone agrees that hiring Bratton instead was the one GOOD thing Hahn did.

Your daddy Bitter Bernie was also caught being deceitful and sneaky as well as spiteful in trying to steal the trash-tax for cops the Mayor promised the people, to put into the general fund which he hadn't been able to make a dent in balancing the proper way. Parks blamed all the "overtime" on the cops getting too much money, when in fact, it's a numbers game: they haven't been approved more overtime in 14 years.

Now you're even blaming the Rampart scandal on the "establishment" which didn't support Parks on that?

Boy, your layers of bitterness are so deep, they psychopathic. Last thing anyone needs is someone like that holding another high office.

Go, anti la-woman: work for Thomas.

Yes, l a woman: Maxine will come out for Parks, as "more her generation," but she and Burke and both passe, too -- they're a big part of the reason MLK wasn't fixed in time to save it, they obstructed every attempt as "racist" and played their old games.

I'm confident that black community is mature enough to see past them, now, and choose someone who can work within the system, not battle against it alienating people every time he opens his mouth.

(When you can make sense of the nonsense he says -- trying to deny even the facts of the LAPD's success in increasing arrests and decreasing crime on the streets, a dramatic improvement since Parks was GONE.)

December 01, 2007 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let’s not forget that the Rafael Perez and his partner Nino Durden scandal occurred when Parks was chief.

This cost Angelinos over $100 million in claims. To date, Parks has not taken responsibility for the Rampart scandal.

Now, Councilmember Parks wants to intervene with the 3/12 work schedule that has a proven record in reducing crime citywide.

December 01, 2007 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mark Ridley-Thomas for L.A. County Supervisor!

December 01, 2007 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:07 Being against the 3/ day work week does not mean I support Bernie on everything. In fact, he was a failure as the Chief of Police. I think Bratton has done a good job but he does have an ego as big as Bernie's.

Bratton is a good Chief but I don't think he has lived up to his billing. Keep in mind all of the consent decrees the LAPD labors under, Bratton helped write. Before he became the Chief he was part of the Kroll group that established the goals of the consent decree.

Bratton is about Bratton. He has not had the same level of success in LA because LA always did a better job (and still does) than NYPD.

December 01, 2007 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OF course NYPD does a better job. They have 40,000 cops to LA's 9,000 and people need to know that ony abut 1,500 patrol the streets for 4 million people. Bernie's failures are Rampart, consent decree, $100 million in payoffs, the coliseum and not bringing an NFL team. He hasn't redeveloped his own district for his people. Bernie and Perry are bitter racists who use that card at every turn. I say let them try and get rid of 3-12. Its already been said by many cops there will be a mass exodus going to smaller agencies. WHo needs the bullshit, criticism the politicans give them. Notice when something happens clowncil always comes out against the officers and supports the suspects. They rush to judgement everytime.

December 02, 2007 7:43 AM  

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