Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Getaway Friday
Mayor Garcetti is stupid and has appointed the worst batch of city commissioners since the late Mayor Sam Yorty (we always knew that Betty loved us), and the most egregious thing he did — among a long list — was his removal of John Mack from the Police Commission, where he had served eight years. Mack was in his second year as Police Commission president when Garcetti yanked him off the commission, and before that, Mack had been vice president of the commission for two years.
......... and Betty yellow, thorny attack on Mayor Garcetti continues a week later.
NO, I’M NOT LEAVING HIM ALONE! — All this noise about the DWP contract negotiations is missing the point. First, the City Council and the DWP union had agreed upon a contract. Then your mayor took the microphone and announced that he didn’t like it and he wouldn’t sign it. Then he went back to the mic and said the contract was everything he wanted. He announced that he would sign it and said it would result in ka-trillions of dollars in savings to the city in 30 years! He ended up signing the very same contract he said he wouldn’t sign. Nothing was added to it nor subtracted from it. What’s with this guy? I don’t care about the city saving money 30 years from now, what I want to know is when will my humongous DWP bills be reduced and by how much?
The outgoing Police Commission held its farewell meeting this week and they agreed with the Soulvine’s sentiments expressed last week — as did a lot of people and I’m heartened to know we’re on the same wave length (usually I don’t care, but … ). I also learned this week that John Mack did not even know he was being kicked off the Police Commission until your mayor publicly announced his commission appointees. That’s a lousy way to treat an icon.
However, ABLE — the Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives — will host a farewell reception for John Mack at the Police Academy on Sept. 24, to which I’ve been invited and which I would not miss.
In lieu of Betty's comments above, we ponder whether the Soulvine Columnist has always been gracious in support of John Mack, more later.
** As the City Clowncil Central Committee convenes this AM, they may want to review the comments provided by retire Parole Officer Caroline Aguirre on the true state of Public Safety in Los Angeles.
Here it is Thursday morning and per. the weather man it is projected to be more than 101 degrees and very humid. Perfect conditions for the homeboys ( gang members ) to come out and share their bounty of lead with all. Their intended recipients have been Los Angeles Police officers , rival gang members and the innocent John Q. citizen.
During the past two days LAPD has called for two modified tactical alerts , first on Tuesday afternoon after unnamed individuals decided they were bored and wanted to use of group of young men as their targets on West 64th. street . Three or four males were shot , two of which died on the spot. This took place in 77th. Division area. Then we have Wednesday afternoon. Two LAPD officer involved shootings. An unnamed male who may or may not remain outstanding decided he wanted to kill a Los Angeles Police officer. There was an exchange of gunfire and no one was hit. A perimeter was established . During this time frame a second officer involved shooting took place and the suspect was shot and killed. These events both took place in Olympic Division.
We need to mention the violent home invasion robbery in San Pedro , 9 "Hot Prowler " residential burglaries in Harbor City, Assault weapons and ammo stolen from a CHP officers vehicle ( some of the stolen items have been recovered from a South Los Angeles location ) , crime alerts for Boyle Heights and an overall increase in violent crime in 9 Los Angeles City Neighborhoods.
Now Los Angeles Police Chief Charles Beck when are you going to acknowledge and tell the residents of our once great city that both violent crime and gang violence is on the rise .
Your thoughts and great Labor Day Weekend to all.
Scott Johnson in CD 14