BRATTON STILL MUST FACE VOCAL CITY COUNCIL.Byline: Mariel Garza Staff Writer
East Coast celebrity cop William Bratton faces his last hurdle in his quest to become Los Angeles' next chief of police when he goes before the City Council for confirmation Friday.
Although council members vow that they will not rubber-stamp Mayor James Hahn's choice for chief, many of them say they favor the charming, Boston-bred former head of the New York Police New York Police may refer to:
``I've had an opportunity to talk with him and believe that his heart is in the right place,'' Councilwoman Wendy Greuel Wendy Greuel is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 2nd District. Greuel was elected in 2002 to fill the remainder of the term of Councilman Joel Wachs. She was elected in her own right in 2003 and reelected in 2007. said Tuesday.
Greuel said she took Bratton on a tour of her East Valley district, showed him a street where drag racing drag racing
Form of motor racing in which two contestants race side by side from a standing start over a straight quarter-mile strip of pavement. Winners go on to compete against others in their class until only one is left undefeated. is a problem while outlining some of the biggest problems facing the area - rising crime and the need for more officers patrolling the streets.
``We talked about the deployment of officers in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. ,'' Greuel said. ``We talked about drag racing, we talked about the gang problem and increase in homicides in East Valley.''
Councilman Dennis Zine, formerly skeptical of an outsider's ability to police the troubled department, was generally won over by Bratton during their candid talks about the problems of the department.
``He resolved my reservations,'' Zine said, though he declined to say how he will vote.
Cindy Miscikowski, chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee, and council members Alex Padilla, Tom LaBonge and Jack Weiss have publicly said they support Hahn's choice for police chief.
Councilman Ed Reyes said he was disappointed and angry that candidate Art Lopez, a former LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
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``I don't want to be an obstructionist ob·struc·tion·ist
One who systematically blocks or interrupts a process, especially one who attempts to impede passage of legislation by the use of delaying tactics, such as a filibuster. ,'' Reyes said. ``I do want to make the best choice for the city.''
Councilman Nate Holden said he has no problem obstructing the process, if he can, by voting no. The outspoken councilman said Bratton was the worst of the three top candidates because of what he's heard about police abuse in New York New York, state, United States
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Bratton was picked from among 51 applicants for the job left open when Chief Bernard C. Parks Bernard Parks (born December 7, 1943 in Beaumont, Texas) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Parks attended Los Angeles City College, received his B.S. was blocked from getting another five year term by the mayor and the Police Commission. He beat out two other finalists - John Timoney, former Philadelphia police commissioner, and Lopez, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD and current head of the Oxnard Police Department.
On Tuesday, supporters of Lopez reacted angrily the selection of Bratton, calling the process a slap in the face to the Latino community.
``We have sat on the sidelines On the sidelines
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on the sidelines
Of or relating to investors who, having assessed the market, have decided to avoid committing their funds. very quietly and very patiently and very respectful, since 1850 for God's sake,'' said Al Ruvalcaba, a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for Chief of Police and former LAPD motorcycle officer ``We finally have a highly qualified (Latino) candidate. (He's) been a deputy chief here, chief somewhere else, but that's just never good enough.''
The coalition members were reacting to accounts in recent days of a meeting between the mayor and Bratton before the search process in which Bratton told the mayor he should be chief.
Hahn spokeswoman Julie Wong denied that there was any wrongdoing wrong·do·er
One who does wrong, especially morally or ethically.
wrongdo in the chief selection process, pointing out that Bratton has visited every part of the city and been welcomed by the diverse communities.