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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Will he, or won't he?

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Last year's May Day escape to El Salvador was a bad look for Mayor Villaraigosa. In the wake of a controversial police containment at MacArthur Park, Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in 133 years was branded a vendido, and heckled at a make-up rally organized two weeks later.

This time around, political and public safety are in fashion. LAPD will operate undercover "extraction units" designed to suppress bottle-throwing subversives, and Villaraigosa will keep a close eye on the situation from his Third Floor chambers. No trade mission. No symposium. No Hillary.

The only remaining question: will he have the huevos to come down to the ground level and speak to the masses?

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

He will.

The worst thing about the gentleman's character -- or at least the part of his character that JoeBlowPublic sees -- is his absolute arrogance.

The second worst thing is his delusional belief that he has all of his 'people' fooled into following his Pied Piper act without question.

Tres mauvais.

April 29, 2008 9:10 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


April 29, 2008 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course he will speak. Who the heck is voting no?!

April 29, 2008 9:31 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

The Danes closed their consulate, and Tony goes to...El Salvador and China. If you wonder why "LA trade" is a one-way street, all buying and no selling, there it is.

We saw how Tony supported the local writers against the owned-elsewhere studios. Won't be long before we're shipping them out of town too.

April 29, 2008 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He will speak.

The Mayor's compulsion to jump in front of a microphone and speak is exceeded only by his compulsion to get in front of a camera.

The only thing that will keep this tax-dollar sucking mayor away is not garlic or a cross, but the fear of open debate. Questions are never welcomed. Truth will not see the light of day in his world.

That is the characteristic of his administration and his selected disciples follow his lead in lemming-like fashion.

In CD 14- waiting for Huizar to follow through on hinted support of Zine motion.

April 29, 2008 10:28 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Don't hold your breath waiting for Huizar after this.....

....and this from Chief Bratton.

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton sat down with The Times' editorial board on Monday to discuss several LAPD-related issues. Below are his remarks on the controversy surrounding the department's Special Order 40.

Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times: There's been a lot of discussion in City Hall recently about Special Order 40, whether any kind of changes are warranted to it. Does Special Order 40 still work for the department? Is there any reason to amend it at all from your perspective?

William Bratton: No … Special Order 40 is not changing one word as long as I'm chief, and I have no intention of changing it, and the Police Commission is pretty adamant about that it's worked for almost 30 years. And in terms of its intent and the language of Special Order 40, it's pretty specific … It reads, "Enforcement of United States immigration laws: Officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person. Officers shall not arrest, nor book persons for violations of Title 8, Section 1325 of the United States immigration code," which is illegal entry. Pretty clear language to me; I don't understand what the big confusion is about. [L.A. City Councilman] Dennis Zine evidently has some problems with this standard.

Then Item 2, "Alien arrest information - notification: When an undocumented alien is booked for multiple misdemeanor offenses, a high grade misdemeanor or a felony offense, or has been previously arrested for a similar offense, the arresting officer shall," and there's a whole series of procedures he has to go through. It's that clarification we're going to provide, because some of our officers apparently, either because they want to believe it or don't understand the guidelines, feel that they cannot ask after they've stopped somebody, arrested them, et cetera, for their immigration status …

The difficulty currently for us is technologically, when we do a wants and warrants check, NCI check, illegal immigration status, deportation orders, we open this file, another over here, so it requires going through a separate [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] file, to gain access to that information. ICE is in the process of changing so that very shortly when we do the [National Crime Information Center] check, it will have all of ICE's information included. So it'll be one-stop-shop instead of having to go to different information streams to get that information.

But the questionable issue is the idea, an officer sees John Jones and says, "I know that guy was arrested, convicted and was deported. What's he doing back here again?" Nothing to preclude that officer from going up and basically dealing with that individual, and that seems to be the issue that some of our officers have that they feel that Special Order 40 precludes that. It doesn't preclude that at all. If you have that suspicion, basically go up, you basically talk to the person … and the clarification will describe what basically the procedures that are already here and just amplify them. And then we'll train the whole department …

But the wording itself, the intent, that's not changing. And based on the majority of the City Council, despite Dennis Zine, I'm not going to change it. Zine's recommendation, where he's playing off the Jamiel Shaw plea, that we go up and basically because we suspect somebody is a gang member, the problem with that, that starts getting pretty close to racial profiling, which we seem to have had a lot of problems with in this city. So I'm not about to support something that basically is going to get us in trouble in that direction …

What people need to understand is we work very closely with ICE. I've got great relationships with ICE from [Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff] on down. And ICE thinks the world of us. They think they get some of the best cooperation in the country from us. But they understand that we're not going to initiate or will not participate when they do their round-ups at the various shops downtown. We'll stand by in the event there's a disturbance, but we don't participate actively. There's no need to; I don't have the resources to.

And the irony in all of this in terms of what Zine is advocating, ICE doesn't have the capacity to arrest and hold all these people that we could basically load up on them. They just don't have it; they don't have the cell space, they don't have the capacity. Very frequently when we send in that we've got somebody, it's up to them to say let him go or hold him for us.

April 29, 2008 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gee, who looks like the idiot on this one? I think Zine.
Of course the Gang banger Cholo Mayor will be out with the illegals, he'll be in his element. They are all cut from the same cloth a bunch of uneducated, low life people who demand rights they haven't earned and refuse to speak English. Let's see if the idiot Mayor tells me again how they aren't committing any crimes and speak out against the gov't. Word is people who gave money to AV's campaign for Mayor before are no longer cause he has made LA a sanctuary city for illegals.

April 29, 2008 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which presidential candidate was going to scoop up Bratton for Homeland Security chief once they get elected? Please take him. Anyone take him.

Zine has to get some credit for (1.) TRYING to do something worthwhile, and (2.) standing by his position under challenges from Bratton, even though the beef of "Jamiel's Law" draft went through the tenderizer.

Bratton seems to be happy with a status quo position, looks for no solutions, tells us all is right with the world since L.A. crime stats prove it, does not consider one of his own officers may pay the ultimate price for it, and refuses to care about the quality of life or its loss.

Looks like Bratton will leave before the illegal gang bangers. He doesn't care, he can move on as easily as he moved in.

April 29, 2008 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sure the #1 Police Chief in the nation is all wrong. Sure, he always proves city council wrong just like he's doing to Zine, Sure LA was in such great shape with the previous Chief's like Parks who was more corrupt then the criminals on the street, Sure you think LA would be better off without Bratton. They don't pay Bratton enough to put up with the bullshit and political crap this city dolls out. It would be great if he left for a much better job but Hillary isn't going to win so someone else will pick him up.

April 29, 2008 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sure the #1 Police Chief in the nation is all wrong.

How the hell do you 'rank' police chiefs? By how high they hold their tails?

Or is it by how they massage their stats?

How about by how much they dumb down vital units in their department!

April 29, 2008 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Bratton is the Mayor's finger puppet. Villarpendejo wiggles his finger and Bratton says: "Special Order 40 is a thing of beauty.".

How does that finger in your ass feel, Chief?

April 29, 2008 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We are incredibly lucky to have Bratton.

April 30, 2008 3:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That Viagraraigosa knows ONE thing. Illegals CANT vote (in mass, that is). Therefore, he's trying to play both sides of the fence, just enough staying away from illegals so he does not incur the wrath of voters. I say he will not show up, UNLESS there is another melee or something that is politically expedient.

April 30, 2008 4:34 PM  

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