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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's "I am Leaving LA Tour" Continues as Selection of Replacement Narrows to Three

As out-going Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton continues his "I am leaving Los Angeles Tour", the search for his replacement will narrow to three candidates.

The Daily News reports that the Police Commission will today submit a list of three finalists from the field of 13 applicants (11 from within LAPD and two outsiders), to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his final consideration.

Mayor Villaraigosa for his part, with help from an blue-ribbon panel headed by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who also headed the efforts to reform LAPD after the Rodney King beating and the riot of 1992, will announce his choice on Monday.

The three finalists will be interview on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. One can expect that this final interview process, combine with Monday's announcement, will be stage crafted by the likes of Matt Szabo, to maximize the political benefits for Mayor Villaraigosa.

As Daily News longtime City Hall beat writer Rick Orlov reported in his "Tipoff" column yesterday, "the new executive team for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been busy figuring out what it can do to regain lost momentum to help him in his final three years in office. A number of staff changes are expected in the coming weeks.

Most of the attention is on staff accountability, but it goes beyond his own office.

Meetings have been held with general managers to look at the services the city now performs and figure out which ones can be jettisoned to get back to the core services the city can afford.

As for Villaraigosa, the selection of the next police chief is seen as giving him a chance to continue his emphasis on law and order issues".

And who are some of the candidates worth noting as the Police Commission nears its decision on the finalists?

Dennis Romero in the LA Weekly, pens former LAPD Deputy Chief and current San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon as one of the two outsiders under consideration.

LA Times scribe Joel Rubin highlights Deputy Chief Sandy Jo MacAuthur as someone who could sway an interview panel if given the chance.

Longtime political observer and blogger Joe Scott, has it being a three way competition between Jim McDonnell, First Assistant Chief and Chief of Staff; Earl Pasinger, Assistant Chief in charge of operations; and Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief and Chief of Detectives.

Celeste Fremon at Witness LA sees Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz as a "dark horse" candidate.

Meanwhile, as the speculation builds regarding the selection of Los Angeles next Top Cop, the current one continues on in stating his opinion on the issues of the day.

Chief Bratton has a Op-ed in todays LA Times "The LAPD fights crime, not illegal immigration" . Simply stated, Bratton calls upon his successor to continue upholding the principles of Special Order 40, as this passage illustrates.

As I leave my position as leader of the LAPD, I will encourage my successor to adopt the same rigid attitude toward keeping Special Order 40 and keeping the mission of the men and women of the department focused on community cooperation instead of community alienation.

Maybe someone should read this to the family of Jamiel Shaw Jr., as illegal alien gangbanger/killer Pedro Espinosa awaits his day of judgment, and pen their opinion of Chief Bratton comments.

** Was one of the candidates for chief, responsible for this fiasco as highlighted by the officer known as "Jack Dunphy"?

** Daily News scribe Tony Castro, "Next LAPD chief could be historic selection"

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rod Speet,

Isn't a local child sex ring more important than your rambling about the outgoing police chief?


October 27, 2009 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nope. Under directions from Nuch Phil and Red Sweat are under orders to bottle cap any of Higby's stories about Nuch and Riordan's girl Chris.

October 27, 2009 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DICK Riordan, to the LA Times:

"Chris Essel is the one to support. She is our Downtown girl. We own her."

October 27, 2009 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good post Red Spot. Rumors are flying Antonio wants to pick 1st Latino chief. Insiders saying Chief Gascon from S.F. came down to interview last week and was snuck in because Newsom didn't know. Antonio needs a desperate move to help him.Picking latino chief will surely backfire with conservatives look at the state of the city with all the illegals. Problem is Gascon is BFF with Mayor and if you don't think a latino chief will be trouble read this.
New Police Chief George Gascón agrees with Mayor Gavin Newsom that the Board of Supervisors' legislation changing San Francisco's sanctuary city policy must be ignored by law enforcement officers. board voted 8-2 to require that undocumented youths picked up on felony charges be turned over to federal authorities only after they're convicted - not when they're first arrested

Call it sanctuary on wheels: San Francisco is about to give a big break to people, many of them illegal immigrants, who are caught driving without a license.
Beginning Sunday, cops will no longer impound cars the first time drivers are pulled over without a license. Many such drivers are in the United States illegally - and thus unable to get a license - and the officials pushing the change think that impounding their cars is an unfair hardship.

The other candidate Deputy Chief Diaz screwed up so badly at the gang task force sweep placing officer's at risk when the command post was right on the corner of figureroa and Martin Luther King Bld. blocks from where rolllin's 40's Crips hang out instead of miles aways as others are done. Diaz is really naive.

October 27, 2009 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With what this column says about Chief Bratton I have to wonder if they have any idea of the responsibilities of being a PC in a large city with all its problems. Could you just imagine the state of this city if the city council and the mayor were as competent as Bratton? The council tries to screw the public by proposing significant fee increases to challenge land use issues. They massaged their way into a 3rd term because no one else would hire them with their job skills. The mayor gives all the unions large pay increases born on the backs of the public and wonders why the city has this budget issue. The chief has done a remarkable job compared to his two predessors. While he has made his share of missteps he does not try to pass the buck, I like back bone in a public official. There are some excellent choices within the dept that could be our next chief and I wish them well as if he/she fails we all suffer. Some public officials just by the nature of their job we need to support as their actions affect all of us every day. I like knowing my local SLO and others in the dept and I feel better that they are doing their job. Remember they are not working to protect us from the Boy Scouts.

October 27, 2009 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a no brainer. Look up and follow the history of the candidates and see.

1. Papa messed up with all of the fingerprints.

She worked for MTA and probably has the least street experience and least respect of the sworn officers.

What is her background (and education)that will give her the financial and efficiency tools to run the department with $300 million less in the budget next year?

2. The LAPD supposedly wants to come into the technology age
under Beck. What happened when CM Reyes disclosed all of those cameras and other technology was not working like Rampart?

All the debate about the cameras in the cars? Do they work?

Lets see some video from those cameras in the cars? If its all working so well, where is video?

3. Chief McDonnell has been awarded for his Community Policing. \

He knows and more important understands the budget.

He has even taken the time to go through a business LEADERSHIP academy which will help him run the department more efficiently partnering with his community partners.

He has worked well with both the community and officers.

Since the Mayor has not done anything else of value, he will still need the LAPD to lean on. Hope he thinks hard about the choice.

October 27, 2009 8:28 AM  

Blogger Mulholland Terrorist said:

8:26, by "PC" you probably meant "police chief" but isn't it kind of interesting, (possibly sad), and probably goes without saying -- that in order to do that job in a major city like L.A., it's far more important for you to be "PC" -- as in "politically correct" than to be any of the other "PCs" that used to typify the best kind of top cops, including:

"Pursuing Criminals"

"Protecting Citizens"

"Patrolling Communities"

"Promoting Civility"

or even just

"Personifying Character"

October 27, 2009 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

rumors coming out of the police commission is that Deputy chief Mike Downing will be temporary Chief. He's a good guy. Its going to be downhill from now on. Antonio will choose a lapdog unfortunately who will have no choice but listen to what he says. Cops hate politicans more then gang bangers in this city. They hate Antonio using them all the time and touting crime figures which he has nothng to do with. All the idiots like Paul Hernandez, Olivas, Jimmy blackman, and now the Village Idiot Jeff Carr all who get paid a fortune no nothing about public safety is who Antonio will listen to in picking a chief. If he picks a Latino all hell will break loose in the city. Everyone noticed Antonio's lame Gang Czar has had NOTHING to do with all the gang sweeps in LA.

October 27, 2009 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Given the way so many on council have been at even someone with the guts of Chief Bratton like hyenas (especially Parks, Zine, Smith, Perry, but even Koretz-Come-Lately) dealing with them while getting the job done will be a big part of the job. It IS by nature political, no avoiding it.

Plus navigating between the legacy of the chief and the rightwing faction who like Trutanich/ Berger echo Walter Moore in wishing they could get Joe Arpaio in, to clean up the illegals and send a message that L A is now an ANTI-sanctuary town, illegals go home or get locked up in tents eating bologna sandwiches in pink underwear.

I agree with those who warn Antonio that if he chooses Diaz just because he's Latino he'll make enemies of the rank & file and be insulting those who are better qualified. The PPL/ Weber chose to feature in its update a "Jack Dunphy" slam on the top brass responsible for the recent allegedly botched gang bust previous commenter refers to as being Diaz - a "what were they thinking when they promoted him?" kind of commander. Clearly PPL top clique thinks he's an affirmative action promotion, which would bode badly.

Ethnicity should not factor in. At the same time, ethnicity may work AGAINST Paysinger who's proven himself highly competent and able to work with whites as well as Latinos and Asians, women, etc. only because we've had two bad black chiefs in Parks and Williams. There's a campaign in the blogs to discredit Paysinger and that's just wrong. The people who push for McDonnell often do this which makes me see an agenda. However that shouldn't hurt McDonnell himself, since Chief Bratton wouldn't have made him top assistant if he were petty and spiteful: traits Bratton won't tolerate.

October 27, 2009 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't care who the next Chief is as long as he investigates Hacopian's crimes!1!!

October 27, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The good news is there are good people at the top now. The bad news is allowing the gang banger Mayor to pick the next chief should scare the hell out of everybody because its well known Antonio doesn't know what the hell he's doing. He will use this as his biggest photo op. At least he won't have Bratton around to help him anymore. Mayor Hahn had more class then this uneducated fool of a Mayor. Hahn didn't intrude on LAPD and show up to press conf. uninvited like this low life Antonio does. He still acts like he's in the hood. LA Weekly says Chief Gascon is in the mix. Many people think its pussy of the Police Political League union to not get involved in this. Don't they know this is for their rank and file?

October 27, 2009 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:49, the Police Political Union IS involved, like 11:38 says, they sent out their daily e-blast featuring Dunphy's very critical piece about whoever it was who screwed up the gang stakeout. Didn't name names, but 8:38 says it was Diaz. Clearly that's the one they don't want. The others are all top-notch.

I don't care who the PPL wants since with their track record normally I'd vote for the opposite of who they want, and they KNOW many feel that way after Trutanich, and the way Weber and Repovich have been openly sarcastic about and insubordinate to Chief Bratton.

BUT with so many solid candidates, why get someone who has clearly lost the trust of rank & file with apparent good reason?

October 27, 2009 2:14 PM  

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