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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

400 -- It's a Magic Number

Good morning boys and girls. Courtesy of the City of Los Angeles, it’s magic math time again! Ready, kids? Okay, question #1: How can 10,000 suddenly become 12,500 with the wave of a hand?

Answer: Why… just by saying so, of course!

400 new LAPD officers is the number Antonio has held to hiring regardless of the City budget crunch. Okay – we got that. You need 400? As the people under siege by the budget situation, we do understand the need. 400 is the magic number. Yet in response to Laura Chick’s just-released audit finding that 565 peace officers are holding LAPD administrative positions that can be done by civilians, the Fishwrap of Record quotes Chief Bratton thusly: “Let's make it perfectly clear, I have no intention, the mayor has no intention, of retreating back from the hiring…we actually need 12,500 police officers. . . . Even with the 1,000, we're still short almost 2,500 police officers from what we need in this city."

Wow, kids. We were so close to being relieved of at least some the painful budget-related cuts, freezes, rate increases, layoffs and other sundry abuse being threatened by the people elected to look out for our interests, and then "poof!" I honestly do not have a problem with LAPD raising the number of officers in this town. Comparatively, Los Angeles has far fewer officers per capita than other major metropolitan areas in the US and the need does painfully exist. But Antonio drew the line in big, bold ink at 400. Chick finds 565. So Antonio waves his hands and moves the line?

Sigh… I'm getting the feeling that this budget crisis is far more about pressuring the public and exerting control than it is about fiscal reality.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where can you apply for an LAPD Administration position? Many of us are out of jobs and we know that we are are skilled enough to do administration work. We can sign on for one or more year contract; full-time, part-time, all shifts.

March 25, 2008 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Municipal Government 101- When you have no clue how to identify and resolve a problem, use smoke and mirrors.

March 25, 2008 10:36 AM  

Blogger PetraFried in the City said:

10:35 -- go for it. Seriously. You should be able to find out from Chick's report or her staff exactly what positions can be filled by civilians. She had to have collected that data to for the report.

Get a list of the positions, and if there is one or more for which your skill set is a likely match, go for it. Initiate contact and tell them what you can do for them.

Can't hurt, and it might pay off.

March 25, 2008 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Municipal Government 101A - Acceptable forms of smoke and mirrors include, but are not limited to:

Calling a press conference and filling a pothole. Be sure to make an undocumentable claim that it is the (fill in the huge number)th pothole filled.

March 25, 2008 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHO is PetraFried? Why does she refuse to say? If you want to talk about honesty and transparency, start here. How do we know you don't have an agenda if we don't know who you are? How do we know you aren't the nut in the "fried" chicken costume?

March 25, 2008 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAPD has been asking for years to get civilians to relieve them from some duties, like paperwork from the Consent Decree. Chick hardly found anything new -- she just has a platform to get listened to.

One problem with relieving cops of paperwork is, they still have to give their full, detailed versions on the forms, so that means talking to the civilian, back and forth -- will the form really take less time? Damn that consent decree, isn't it over in a year?

We all want more cops as we're heading into a gang war. That's what cleaned up NYC. Eventually, they've become more "friendly faces" in areas like Times Square, whereas they started as toughies.

But lots of elderly on SS and fixed incomes are being very, very highly hit by putting all these trash and parcel taxes on them/ us. Trash tax fees going from 11 to 38 means several hundred bucks a year, NOT chump change.

NO TO JANICE HAHN's PROPERTY TAX FOR STILL ANOTHER GANG PROGRAM, that Chick says is NOT needed, and anyway it shouldn't go under the auspices of spendthrift nitwit Janice Hahn. She's no gang Czar.

Hahn's pushing the "living wage" for LAX-area hotels is costing us lawsuits costing many millions already. WHAT ABOUT IF SHE HADN'T STUCK HER NOSE WHERE IT DOESN'T BELONG, We'd be millions of $ richer NOW. That woman is an idiot.

March 25, 2008 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why hasn't Chick audited all the council offices starting with the Mayor and his 26 city cars? Word is spreading this was a political task Chick was asked to do because Mayor has no accomplishments to speak of and if he gets to say LAPD is the largest in ####'s its the only accomplishment on his platse.

March 25, 2008 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She's the nut in the "fried" chicken costume. Nobody's fooled. Shame on Mayor Sam.

March 25, 2008 9:49 PM  

Anonymous leroy said:

I love fried chicken, back off Jack !!!

March 25, 2008 10:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack Hoff must have eaten some fried chicken cause he let rip about 400 nasty farts!

March 25, 2008 10:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby compromises the integrity of the blog and the other bloggers and for what? This post says nothing but features the worthless opinions of the L.A. nut. Do the math!

March 25, 2008 10:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The personal attacks at Jack Hoff are dumb and childhish.
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March 25, 2008 11:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Petrafried is Mary Benson from Sun Valley.

March 26, 2008 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Petrafried's name ~~ You're half right.

March 26, 2008 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh shut up. You are obviously one of the animal nuts who everybody hates here to ruin our blog. We hate you. We hate the Mary you're talking about (so don't post 1000 posts blaming her for this) and we all eat meat here.

Go find a protest you bores. Maybe you can get more than 5 people to show up.

March 27, 2008 12:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Petrafried said...
Oh shut up. You are obviously one of the animal nuts who everybody hates here to ruin our blog.

Who sees a post about animals? None. Who cares if petrafrieds identity is known? Just her. Petrafried is the paranoid delusional animal nut that attacks animal nuts becuse she wears the banner of the squirrel chicken ect in her costumes. Petrafried used her real name on MS. But Mayor Antonio spanked her upside the culo and retired the disgraced chicken costume from city protest. Writing on Mayor Sams is Petrafried The Animal Nut revenge.

Petrafried in deposition. Maybe again she lies under oath? Stay tuned.

March 27, 2008 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Petrafried in deposition. Maybe again she lies under oath?

Go Petrafried!Make The Mayor's day!

March 27, 2008 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Petrafried said...
"We hate the Mary you're talking about".

Such vitriol for herself.

March 27, 2008 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:11 AM (ironically) takes a whole post that anonymous wrote at 12:35 AM, copies it word for word and tries to say that PetraFried wrote it.

Are you blind? Retarded? Plain old stupid? What?

March 28, 2008 1:03 AM  

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