ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 20, 2005:
Being the last Commission meeting before the holidays, Commissioner Mack wished everyone a happy and safe holiday.
Commissioners' Reports: All Commissioners attended several holiday parties and a good time was had by all. Commissioner Freeman reported that she received a briefing on the Department's efforts to recruit gay and lesbian officers. She was pleased with the many outreach efforts being made including promoting the LAPD at the Gay Games in Chicago. Commissioner Skobin attended an Anti-Terrorism presentation by the Manhattan Institute. He also attended the Centurion Baseball Toy Giveaway at Elysian Park along with the community party and toy giveaway at the Mission Station. He commented on the incredibly dedicated men and women of the Department who make these events happen. Many children benefit from the generosity and kindness of the LAPD officers who give their time and hearts to these projects. Commissioner Ordin participated, as most Commissioners did, in a taping of "Your Police Commission," which introduced the Commissioners to Channel 35 viewers. She also met with Ed Edelman, the newly appointed Homeless Manager of Santa Monica, as part of the ongoing dialogue to improve the homeless situation in Los Angeles. Commissioner Mack announced that he and Commissioner Skobin would be meeting with officials from the Los Angeles World Airports to discuss the deployment of 22 additional officers at Los Angeles International Airport.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the next Police Commission meeting will be held on January 10th. In addition, the Commission Investigation Division's status report for November was submitted for the Commissioners' review.
Chief's Report: Deputy Chief James McDonnell also attended the Manhattan Institute presentation on Anti-Terrorism. He reported that total violent crimes are down by 27.2% compared to this time last year. He has attended and been touched by numerous toy giveaways organized by LAPD officers this holiday season. Commissioners Mack and Ordin commented on the fact that there were no homicides in the City or County over the weekend. Chief McDonnell agreed with the great news and stated the LAPD and the Sheriff's Department work very closely together to counteract gang activity.
The officers from Central Traffic Division were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their outstanding work in organizing the Cops for Tots Car Show and fundraiser for children at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. To date, these shows have raised more than $128,000 for the children at the Unit. The following individuals were honored: Captain Ann Young, Officer John Vasquez, Officer Abe Rangel, Officer John Morena, Sergeant Tom Tavares, Officer Gina Meza, Officer Carlos Torres, Officer Anthony Stewart, Officer Ronnie Fisher, Officer Andrew Vergara, Officer Michael Belmonte, Officer Thai Ngo, Sergeant Jay Nunez, Sergeant Bruce Wallace. Officer Sean Reinhardt was also honored for the extraordinary work he accomplished in coordinating the special judging component of the car show for visually impaired children.
The report regarding reducing cruising and criminal activity in the alley north of Melrose Avenue was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee. Captain Ron Sanchez outlined a multi-pronged approach to address complaints related to lewd conduct in this area. Proposals for the area include enhancements to lighting, a gated entrance to the alley for the evening hours, more aggressive tree trimming, and increased traffic enforcement.
Executive Administrative Assistant II Angie Roman has joined the Executive Section. Angie has been with the Department for 30 years and has worked in Records and Identification, Central Division, Central Traffic Division, Anti-Terrorist Division, Narcotics, Emergency Command Communication Center, Communications, Office of Operations, Community Affairs Group, Community Relations Section, Public Affairs Section, and West Bureau. Welcome, Angie!
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 13, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ordin stated that she and Commissioner Pacheco attended the Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair Luncheon and enjoyed the individual presentations from each CPAB. She also attended and expressed gratitude for the Commission holiday party. Commissioner Skobin participated in a ride along with the Valley Bureau Auto Theft Task Force. He was able to observe the license plate recognition device along with a device that prevents pursuits by actually disabling a vehicle. He reported that the Department is still reviewing and working on the safety aspects of the .45 caliber Glock pistol. Commissioner Skobin also discussed how the Anti-Terrorist Division Audit is being designed to include increased Commission involvement. Commissioner Pacheco attended and addressed the Recruit Graduation on December 9th. He also commented on the productive joint meeting held with the Public Safety Committee regarding the Consent Decree. Commissioner Freeman hosted an event for 125 people at her home benefiting the Spark of Love program. She and Commissioner Pacheco also attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Scholarship program benefiting outstanding youth who demonstrate civic interests. Commissioner Mack stated that he felt the joint meeting with the Public Safety Committee was very productive. He also met with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh and he attended the Commission holiday party.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the creation of an Office of Public Safety will be on the upcoming City Council agenda. This new Office will have an Oversight Committee with one of the members being a Police Commissioner selected by the Police Commission.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that total violent crimes are down by 27.1% compared to this time last year. He stated that the Department Command Center has been moved to City Hall East, providing enhanced support to field personnel. As anticipated, there were no civil unrest incidents related to the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. The Department's Holiday Assembly is scheduled for December 14th.
Inspector General's Report: Terry Martin announced that André Birotte, Jr., is currently participating in the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement annual conference.
The Police Commissioners unanimously adopted a new procedure in the public release of information pertaining to Categorical Use of Force cases. Beginning on January 1, 2006, once a Categorical Use of Force case has been adjudicated by the Police Commission, a new public document will be prepared by the Office of the Inspector General. This document, which will provide the decision of the Board along with relevant details of the case, will be posted on the LAPDOnline for public review. Mayor Villaraigosa applauded the Police Commission for this significant step in ensuring that the public is fully informed of all Categorical Use of Force cases. This bold move strikes a balance of providing as much information as possible without unduly revealing information that could be deemed peace officer personnel information or involve sensitive tactical procedures. "This is a defining moment in transparency," stated Commissioner Anthony Pacheco.
The Commission approved the Executive Director's report to support Councilmember Parks' motion to rename the recently renovated Southwest Community Police Station to Homer Broome Jr. - Southwest Community Police Station.
Ms. Yvette Jones and Captain James Craig presented a status report on the Southwest Community Police Advisory Board. Ms. Jones outlined several successful events such as the "Walk for Life," peace marches organized in conjunction with the Southwest Clergy Council, and various prayer vigils. She feels that these events have contributed to a decrease in crime in the area. She also mentioned the "Better Businesses for Better Communities," program, which has provided trash clean-up and other neighborhood enhancements. Captain Craig discussed the CPAB's goals for 2006, including focusing on youth and senior issues.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens reported that fire/life safety improvements being made to Parker Center should be completed within one month. The plans for the new Police Administration Building are in plan check. Former Police Commissioner Rick Caruso is assisting the Department in ways to stay within budget on this project.
Deputy Chief David Doan presented a full status report on TEAMS II. While there have been significant delays on this project, there is progress and it is expected to be fully operational by May, 2006. Chief Doan outlined how a Captain could quickly assess all risk management issues within his or her command.
Captain Finley reported on the streamlining of various aspects of the booking process. Changes, such as providing sandwiches instead of hot meals, "book and go," kits, and the elimination of triple counting money and jewelry, has reduced officers' involvement in the booking process.
Barb Garrett from the Chief Legislative Analyst's office provided a status report on the Department's Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Stop Data Analyses Methodology. The report was received with the direction to the Executive Director that the Commission's concerns regarding the lack of a clear outcome of whether persons are stopped based on bias could be determined, and a preference to explore the installation of video cameras in all patrol cars, be sent to City Council.
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 6, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman mentioned that a full presentation will be made next week on the TEAMS II project. Commissioner Pacheco toured the Parker Center Detention Center and reviewed some booking issues there. He attended the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation holiday party. He also held meetings with Captain Ortega from Juvenile Division, Command Staff in South Bureau, and with Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff regarding Officer Involved Shooting policy. Commissioner Ordin stated that she will be attending the upcoming Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair Luncheon. Commissioner Mack attended a South Bureau meeting and also met with Ricardo Garcia from American Civil Liberties Union.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that presentations will be made in the near future on TEAMS II, and also on the analysis of the motor and pedestrian stop data. He reminded all that the Police commission will hold a joint meeting with the Public Safety Committee on December 8th to discuss Consent Decree issues.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that crime statistics are continuing to be favorable. There are presently 9,284 sworn members in the Department and 332 in the Academy. Forty-three individuals will be graduation this Friday.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. introduced Clerk Typist Toska Garner. He also stated that he met with Commander Leap, Captain Williams, and Commissioner Skobin to discuss the Anti-Terrorist Audits.
Mr. Gene Nebeker and Captain Carol Aborn-Khoury presented a status report on the West Los Angeles Community Police Advisory Board. There were concerns raised such as turnover of Captains, the amount of time Captains have to dedicate to CPABs, training of front desk officers, and lack of interest and direction from the Department. Captain Aborn outlined that the WLA CPAB was indeed lacking representation in many areas and had some unique issues. However, she feels that there is a bright future ahead due to an energized effort to strengthen and build upon the good work that the WLA CPAB has done in the past. Commissioners expressed concern over the issues raised and stated that they would be looking at those issues in the near future.
Captain Roper outlined the Department's Emergency Preparedness plan. While the Fire Department takes the lead in all natural disasters, the Police Department takes the lead response position for civil disobedience. The LAPD has become a resource for other law enforcement agencies in this area.
The Memorandum of Agreement between the Department and the City Housing Authority to provide funding for a Department liaison and cash overtime details in various housing developments was approved with the added request the funding for the future also be determined and pursued.
Nineteen individuals spoke during public comment regarding the District Attorney's decision not to press criminal charges against the officer involved in the Devin Brown shooting. All comments expressed disagreement with the decision and concern that the Police Commission would also make a similar decision when the administrative portion of this case is presented to the Police Commissioners. Both Inspector General André Birotte, Jr., and Chief William Bratton outlined the status of the case. On December 28th, the case will be heard by the Use of Force Board and it will reach the Police Commission by mid-January. The Police Commissioners will then determine if the tactics, drawing of the weapon, and the actual use of force was in or out of policy. It will then be the Chief's responsibility to administer discipline, if any.
At the Joint Meeting with the Public Safety Committee:
This joint meeting served as "check up" on the Department's compliance with the Consent Decree. Commissioner Mack stated that while it is important to be in compliance, he is more interested in the actual change of institutional culture rather than checking off boxes. Michael Cherkasky from Kroll and Associates stated the Department and the Commission have made enormous progress in the area of reformed gang units, training, the handling of mentally impaired persons, and the growth of the Inspector General's Office. Generally, the Department is in much better shape and has shown a genuine interest in compliance and has been very cooperative. There are still some areas of concern. The TEAMS II system, which would track officer activity on various levels, is still not operational and will not be operational by the June, 2006, end date of the Consent Decree. While it is unknown if a partial extension could be granted, that discussion now needs to begin with the Court.
Clerk Typist Toska Garner has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She has been with the City for eight years and been the Department of Libraries (Van Nuys Branch), Department of General Services (Purchasing Division), and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Welcome, Toska!
Regrettably, the Community Police Commission meeting on
Monday, December 12, 2005, at Bethune Middle School,
is being rescheduled to a future date.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you very much.
Police Commission Community Meeting
Special Guest: Councilmember Jan Perry
December 12, 2005
Bethune Middle School
155 West 69th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Please join us for this special community meeting!
Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend
and share their suggestions, thoughts, concerns, and questions
with the members of the Police Commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 22, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Pacheco attended a Town Hall meeting that highlighted public safety with Mayor Villaraigosa, observed canine training, spent an evening in the South Bureau on a joint search warrant task force with the FBI, and attended a roll call and ride along in the Pacific Area. Commissioner Skobin participated in the roll call and ride along for bandit tow truck sting with Commission Investigation Division, attended the West Valley Open House, and attended the La Ley pre-holiday event. Commissioner Ordin attended the Women's Leadership Conference, the Oscar Joel Bryant event honoring Commissioner Mack, and the National Women's Caucus event for new appointees to government agencies. Commissioner Mack attended a COMPSTAT meeting in the Central Bureau, the Oscar Joel Bryant event, spoke at the Women's Leadership Conference, attended and spoke at a Wilshire roll call, attended the Advisory Equal Employment Opportunity Committee meeting, met with Chief Lee Carter regarding Central Bureau issues, attended the Citywide Senior Lead Officer meeting, attended the La Ley event, and met with Bob Baker from the Los Angeles Protective League.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that there are several reports forthcoming. In the near future, the Department will report on the decision to temporarily not use the .45 caliber Glock pistol, LAPD intelligence function, emergency preparedness, and "Project Archangel." Lt Andre Dawson reported on a recent bandit tow truck sting in the Wilshire Area that was facilitated by Commission Investigation Division personnel. The successful results of the sting will be featured on "Good Morning America," on Monday, November 28, 2005.
Chief's Report: Chief James McDonnell reported that he also attended most of the same events. Violent crime is down by 28% compared to this time last year, and arrests are up by 1.5%. He also reported that the Department chose to halt the use of the .45 caliber Glock pistol as a precautionary measure and proactive steps are being taken to remedy the safety-related issue.
The Commission approved the Department's report relative to outside agencies dropping homeless persons off in the City of Los Angeles. As part of this presentation, California Senator Gil Cedillo discussed legislation that he will be presenting that would assist with the deplorable human conditions on Skid Row. He stated that resources are available, however a concerted effort needs to be made by numerous entities. Among his suggestions were sentencing enhancement and a community court in the area. Chief Lee Carter reported that the actual dropping off of homeless persons by outside agencies has significantly decreased due to increased attention on this issue. Among the proactive steps the Department is taking to improve conditions in the area are, deploying the academy recruits for increased foot patrol visibility, temporarily assigning 12 undercover narcotics officers to the area, and installing high resolution cameras to cover Skid Row.
A presentation was given on the Field Booking Device which is being used in a pilot program in Hollywood and West Valley Vice. This device significantly saves time for officers as it identifies, photographs, and transmits booking information on suspects allowing for release in the field on misdemeanor charges.
Inspector General Andre Birotte outlined his report relative to the analysis of the Force Investigation Division investigative process. This report was the product of a committee effort with Mr. Birotte, Executive Director Richard Tefank, and Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff. In the report were seven recommendations designed to reduce the time required to complete quality investigations on Categorical Uses of Force incidents. Some recommendations included purchasing digital recorders, transferring some personnel assigned to investigating the criminal side of the investigations to the administrative side, and interviewing involved officers in a two-phased approach. The Commission approved the report with the understanding that these measures would reduce the investigative time by three to four months.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, 10 individuals spoke about their concerns regarding the Officer Involved Shooting case involving 13 year-old Devin Brown. Inspector General Andre Birotte provided a brief update on the case and stated that it should be before the Police Commission in the early part of the year.
Clerk Typist Sonia Pereda has joined Records Section. She has been with the City since 2003 and has served with the Housing Department in Code Enforcement and Case Management.
Clerk Typist Janet Zelaya has joined the Alarms Section. She is new to the City and was previously a Service Manager at the Lockheed Credit Union. Welcome, Janet!
There will be no meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2005.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 8, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ordin stated that she has been quite busy reviewing the detailed Department budget and she is looking forward to attending the Women's Leadership Conference and the Oscar Joel Bryant Association's tribute to Commissioner John Mack. Commissioner Skobin had a conversation with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh, which was very productive. He also met with Commander Kenny Garner regarding the Reserve Program, was at the command post which was set up for the two missing girls in the Valley and was impressed with the collaborative effort with the Sheriff's Department, and lastly, he commended Chief Bratton on the Department's responsiveness to his recent requests for tactical vests and for a special map printer for emergency preparedness efforts. Commissioner Pacheco attended a roll call and ride-along at Northeast Division and was very impressed with the work of the Vice Unit there. He also commented on the length of time required for the booking process. Chief Bratton stated that there is a pilot program in place to reduce the officers' time booking a suspect. Assistant Chief George Gascon is working in conjunction with Toyota Motors on this project. Commissioner Freeman commended the Department for looking at best practices elsewhere, including the private sector. She stated she would be attending the Oscar Joel Bryant Association event honoring Commissioner Mack and she will also be speaking at the Recruit Graduation on Veteran's Day. Commissioner Mack commented that there had been an omission from the previous news briefing regarding his meeting with several African American female officers who serve as mentors for their up and coming counterparts. He was very impressed with their commitment in providing training, support, and advice for those who are newer to the Department. Commissioner Mack also met with Senator Gil Cedillo and asked him to present his recommendations regarding the homeless issue at the Police Commission meeting on November 22nd. In addition, Commissioner Mack had a very productive meeting with Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger and all Command Staff from South Bureau.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that "False Alarm School," is becoming quite popular, and because of that fact, the school will also be available in the San Fernando Valley starting in January. Attendance at the school waives the $115 fine imposed for a false alarm.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Executive Administrative Assistant III Lydia Garcia, and to Senior Management Analyst II Cheryl Jantz upon their promotions. Lydia is now with the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System and Cheryl is with Scientific Investigation Division.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that violent crime is down by 28.5% compared to this time last year. The recruit class graduating on Veteran's Day is the first class that has already been in the streets on foot beat patrol. In addition, the two-day Internal Affairs conference will take place this week. This is an additional opportunity for the Department to share best practices with agencies from around the country. He reported that Chief Ramsey is here from Washington D.C., to look at the Department's approach against terrorism. The Department is also looking at the "real time crime analysis" center in New York. Continuing to learn best practices, Deputy Chief Mark Leap is currently in Scotland and Commander Terry Hara is going to Canada to look at features of the Royal Mounted Police.
Inspector General's Report: Andre Birotte Jr. announced that the analysis is complete for the feasibility of reducing the time required for a Use of Force investigation. He anticipates that report to be on the November 22nd agenda.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens reported that work will begin next week on the life and safety improvements in Parker Center. Sam Tanaka from Building and Safety reported that plans for the new Police Administration Facility will go out to bid for a construction contract in March. It is believed that groundbreaking will be in the summer of 2006. While this contract will not be awarded by the Police Department, the issue brought to light the need for the Department to participate in the Mayor's Minority and Women's Enterprise program relative to the granting of contracts. Police Administrator Rhonda Sims Lewis was pleased to announce that the Department is now listed on the program's Web site.
Assistant Chief George Gascon outlined the law enforcement activity at City-sponsored needle exchange program sites. Recently, a group of Recruits were deployed near Clean Needles Now in Hollywood, not knowing that the facility was there. Recruits are being deployed in this manner to areas reporting significant crime. Ms. Shoshana Scholar from Clean Needles Now also spoke and stated that she was pleased and hopeful that appropriate information will be shared with all officers in the Hollywood Area, and individuals wishing to exchange needles will once again feel comfortable to do so.
The Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2006/2007 was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City Administrative Officer. The $1.3 billion budget places priority on liability issues, homeland security, less lethal weapons, and additional detention officers.
Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Morgan Lyons and Captain Andy Smith presented a status report on the Central Area. In this area, the CPAB focuses its efforts on three major issues facing the relatively small Division: homelessness, narcotics, and illegal vending issues. The CPAB works very closely with several Business Improvement Districts to accomplish their goals. They expressed their appreciation to several members of the Commission who have visited Central Area and expressed concern over the homeless issue.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 1, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman stated that she had met with Chief David Doan and others regarding the challenges and successes related to the TEAMS II employee tracking system. Chief Doan will be making a presentation on this system to the entire commission in early December. Commissioner Freeman also attended a First AME Business Meeting with Commander Kenny Garner. As a follow-up to the Community Policing presentation, she is looking into the use of the Consular Matricular cards particularly in the Canoga Park area. Commissioner Pacheco attended a roll call and ride-along in the Newton Area and enjoyed a strong dialogue with the officers. He also visited the Communications Center and commented that he was extremely impressed with the facility and with the men and women working there. Commissioner Skobin attended a roll call at Van Nuys Area and commented that while he has attended many roll calls and been on many ride-alongs, he learns something new each time. He also attended the Oscar Joel Bryant Association reception honoring recently promoted African Americans within the Department, the Armenian National Police Officers Association Annual Dinner, the Cops for Tots Car Show, and he also observed a pilot program in the Mission Area designed to deter trespassers from apartment complexes. Commissioner Ordin attended the funeral for former Senator Edward Roybal. She commented on the outstanding job the Department did in assisting the large crowd through the observance. Commissioner Mack received a two-hour briefing from Commander Mark Leap regarding Anti-Terrorist issues. He asked that some of the briefing be placed on an upcoming agenda. He also attended the Oscar Joel Bryant reception. He asked that a report be presented on the compliance status of all of the Consent Decrees that the Department is currently under, not just the Federal Consent Decree. Commissioner Skobin added that Court Orders be added to that report, including the Anti-Terrorist Annual Audit. Commissioner Mack also attended and spoke at the service for Rosa Parks at First AME.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell attended many of the same events that the Commissioners did, including the Cops for Tots event, the Oscar Joel Bryant event, the Armenian Peace Officers event, and the services for both Rosa Parks and Senator Edward Roybal. He reported that violent crime is down by 28.7% compared to this time last year. Arrests are up by 1.9%. Commissioner Ordin questioned the recent spike in homicides. Chief McDonnell commented that the spike is in the Mission Area and 77th Street Area. The Department believes the homicides are gang related and is monitoring the situation closely.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that he is organizing a joint meeting with the Public Safety Committee on December 6, 2005. The joint meeting will focus on Consent Decree issues. He reported that the photo red light contract with Nestor Services passed through Public Safety Committee.
Inspector General's Report: Andre Birotte Jr. reported that he attended a recent Hollywood CPAB meeting. He also stated that he is looking forward to the possibility of acquiring the Anti-Terrorist Audit.
David Mora from the Mayor's Office provided an overview of the Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) for Request for Proposal responses. This presentation provided the opportunity for LAPD to become more active in this process under the leadership of Police Administrator Rhonda Sims-Lewis.
The Executive Director's report regarding "Internet Drop-Off Centers," was approved for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee. The report reflects that current laws and codes cover the sale of second-hand goods from locations such as "E-Bay."
The Department's report regarding the deployment of 22 officers at Los Angeles International Airport was approved for transmittal to the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, Commissioner Mack requested to meet with the President of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners to discuss the matter further.
Commission Executive Assistant I Carmen Montgomery has joined the Police Commission Executive Section. She has been with the City for 25 years and has worked at General Services Department in the Purchasing Division, Police Department in Records and Identification, Public Works in the Bureau of Street Maintenance, the Library Department, and the City Clerk's Office. Welcome, Carmen!
Management Analyst I Sharon Chow has joined the Permit Section. She has been with the City for 20 years and has worked at the Convention Center, Community Development Department, Public Works in the Bureau of Accounting, the Fire Department, and at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Welcome, Sharon!
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 25, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ordin expressed her continued concern over the issues raised in the series of Los Angeles Times articles regarding homelessness in downtown. She also met with Richard Drooyan from the Rampart Independent Review Panel. Commissioner Skobin attended the annual fundraiser for the Los Angeles Police Foundation known as "True Blue." He also observed a pilot program in the West Valley Area designed to reduce booking time. Commissioner Pacheco participated in the City's Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month event at City Hall, and went on a ride-along in West Los Angeles Area. Commissioner Freeman stated that she met with the Recruitment team and that she was impressed with the efforts being made to attract quality officers to the LAPD. She was also impressed with a recent session at the Edmund "Pat" Brown Institute focusing on community policing.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that a representative from the Mayor's Office would be coming to the next Commission meeting to present the City's contractual requirements related to the inclusion of minorities and women. He stated that at the last Public Safety Committee meeting, it was discussed that a member of the Police Commission will also sit on the Office of the Public Safety Commission, when it is created. Also, the semi-annual CPAB Co-Chair lunch will be held on December 8th at The Music Box. Lt. Andre Dawson discussed a recent surveillance operation in the Pacific Area that resulted in three tow trucks being impounded.
Chief's Report: Chief Bill Bratton reported that crime is down in all categories compared to this time last year. The graduation ceremony on November 9th will also be a combination ceremony to honor LAPD's men and women who serve in the armed forces. He stated that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is currently visiting LAPD to review the COMPSTAT system. He announced the upcoming Department's Women's Conference on November 10th. He stated that he has been working the with the FBI on counter-terrorism issues including local gangs. He mentioned the challenges associated with the TEAMS II employee tracking system. The Department will be presenting an update on this project in the near future.
Co-Chairs Cheri Uno and Captain Morris Smith presented a report on the Northeast Area Community Police Advisory Board. They listed several accomplishments including Neighbor to Neighbor, the Northeast Open House, a Traffic Committee, a Fireworks Committee, and numerous other successful programs. The Commissioners commended them on their Training Manual and extremely active programs.
Police Administrator Rhonda Sims-Lewis, Commander Kenny Garner, the Personnel Department's Phyllis Lynes, Scott Young, and Raul Lemus, outlined the LAPD's and the Personnel Department's efforts in recruiting and hiring qualified individuals from all walks of life to become LAPD officers. While there are economic factors working against hiring at this time, the Department is generally doing well. Special efforts are being placed to attract minorities and women. The Department is constantly revising its strategy and looking for ways to reach new audiences. As before, the number one recruitment tool that the Department has is its own officers.
Police Administrator Steve Johnson outlined the history, plan and construction progress of the Los Angeles Crime Laboratory Facility Project at California State University, Los Angeles. When complete, this facility will be the state-of-the-art crime laboratory west of the Mississippi River. It will house the laboratories for both the Sheriff and Police Departments along with space for the California Forensic Science Institute.
Management Analyst I DeEsta Crenshaw has joined Charitable Services Section. She has been with the City for six and one half years at the Personnel Department as a Workers Compensation Analyst. Welcome, DeEsta!
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 18, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman congratulated Commissioner Mack on the announcement of a new Director for the Los Angeles Urban League. She also said she met with the Budget Committee and they are currently reviewing requests for the 2006/2007 Fiscal Year. Commissioner Pacheco accompanied Chief Bratton at the Mission Area where there has been a spike in gang related crime. He also attended the Chief's Hispanic Community Forum, met with Lt. André Dawson from Commission Investigation Division, and participated in a ride-along at Central Area. Commissioner Skobin participated in a special operation in the Mission Area that resulted in 22 arrests, but also in the dissemination of information about services available offering alternatives to gang life. Commissioner Skobin inquired about the possibility of Gang Detail Officers and Fugitive Detail Officers having tactical vests given their nature of work. These vests are being budgeted for the next fiscal year and attempts are being made to acquire some now. He also attended the recent Recruit Graduation and asked about the new requirement of having Recruits in the field for a 30-day period before graduating and how it relates to pension issues and Consent Decree mandates. He also attended the Northeast Open House, the Jack Webb Awards supporting the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, and the California Forensic Science Institute fundraiser. Commissioner Ordin also attended a roll call and ride-along at Central Area. She expressed her concerns over issues such as homelessness and violent crime in that area, and she reiterated her desire to review the upcoming report on this area. Commissioner Mack attended a Promotional Ceremony and was very pleased to see the entire auditorium filled with promotees, friends and family. He was also pleased to acknowledge the work of Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger on behalf of the Urban League.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell also attended and commented on the Graduation and Promotion Ceremonies. He was sorry to acknowledge the passing of Police Officer II+2 Hector Corral who was involved in an off duty traffic collision. He thanked the Crenshaw Christian Center for providing a location for individuals to remain while a perimeter was set to control a gun wielding suspect. There are 352 Recruits in the Academy and the Council has approved the hiring of 720 more. Commander Kenneth Garner is now the Commanding Officer of Personnel Group and he brings with him a great deal of enthusiasm for recruitment. Captain Buck discussed the lack of radio communication for one and one half-hours due to lightening hitting a power substation on Mt. Lee. Assistant Chief Papa stated that the Department was chosen out of 4,091 applicants as an outstanding employer for individuals serving in the armed forces. She was recently in Washington D.C. to accept this prestigious award.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., stated that the recent comments by the Monitor have been very positive about the improved quality of work from the Office of the Inspector General. Mr. Birotte will be attending and presenting at the annual National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) conference this year.
Co-Chairs Colleen Hardman and Captain Joseph Curreri presented a status report from the Devonshire Community Police Advisory Board. Captain Curreri discussed the general reduction of crime in the area and some of the local issues such as crime reduction in the Northridge Fashion Center. Devonshire has several very active youth programs. Ms. Hardman outlined how the Board functions. The Board's emphasis has been placed on crime prevention and youth development. To that end, the Devonshire CPAB has been very successful in organizing students to paint murals throughout the area with the assistance of local businesses. Commissioner Skobin was very complimentary of this program and of all of the efforts of the Devonshire CPAB.
The Department's and the Inspector General's reports on Non-Categorical Use of Force Reports Audit, Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2004/2005, was approved.
Nadia Thrash promoted from Management Aide to Management Analyst I within the Permit Section.
Susan Sugahara promoted from Management Analyst II in the Policy Section to Senior Management Analyst I in the Permits Section.
Management Analyst II Jack Bornoff has moved from the Policy Section to the Permit Section.
Senior Management Analyst I Diana Acosta is moving from the Policy Section to the Charitable Services Section.
Executive Commission Assistant I Rhonda Ketay has joined the Executive Section. She has been with the City of Los Angeles for five years. She has served as a Clerk Typist, Senior Clerk Typist and Accounting Clerk at Los Angeles World Airports in the Construction and Maintenance Division and in the Airport Police Division.
Sr. Clerk Typist Adeline Martinez has joined the Executive Section. She has been with the Department for 25 years and has served in Medical Liaison Section, Workers Compensation Division, Backgrounds Section, Human Resources Bureau and Juvenile Division.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 11, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman was unable to attend some Department functions due to an injury suffered at a community event. Commissioner Ordin expressed her concerns over some issues in Central Area and will be attending an upcoming roll call. Commissioner Pacheco participated in a roll call and ride along at Rampart and 77th Areas since the last meeting. He also met with Deputy Chief Paysinger in the South Bureau and Captain Anita Ortega in Juvenile Division.
Chief's Report: Chief Bill Bratton reported on the continual decline in overall crime compared to this time last year. The Academy currently has 348 recruits and the Department is actively recruiting police officer candidates. He reported that Captain Joan McNamara has moved to Harbor Area and Captain Patrick Gannon has moved to 77th Area. He commented on the Los Angeles Times article regarding injuries on duty and stated that the Department is actively investigating all claims. In addition, he will soon be briefing the Commission on current issues facing Central Area including significant homelessness.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that the Co-Chairs from the Devonshire Community Police Advisory Board will make a presentation at the next Commission meeting. A listing of all CPAB meetings is in the Commissioners' package.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., reported that only two more positions remain to be filled in his office. He has also been working on setting up a "Training Day," with clergy leaders.
The Memorandum of Agreement between the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of General Services was approved for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee. This MOA would create an Office of Public Safety within General Services Department and would streamline the City's public safety efforts.
The proposed draft ordinance relative to prohibiting physical contact between entertainers and patrons at businesses providing adult entertainment was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee. Under this draft ordinance, dancers and patrons would not be closer than six feet from each other. Detective Ben Jones stated that this change would assist law enforcement efforts in adult entertainment businesses.
Captain Sandy Jo MacArthur presented the Hunter-La Ley Quarterly Report for Deployment Periods 4 through 6, Fiscal Year 2004/2005. The Commissioners expressed concern over some of the statistics reflecting fewer minorities and females in the higher ranks. Chief Bratton commented that this situation is reflective of the recent hiring freeze and lack of "feeder pool" candidates. Commissioner Mack stated that this issue will continue to be a priority for the Commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 20, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman attended the Recruit Graduation along with the Gay and Lesbian Community Forum. She commended the Department on both events. Commissioner Ordin will be attending the 25 Year Pin Ceremony at Parker Center on September 21st. Commissioner Pacheco participated in a roll call and ride along at Southwest Area and he also spoke at a recent meeting of the Legal Secretaries Association. Commissioner Skobin attended the Peace Officers of Los Angeles County's LAPD Day and an event organized by Councilmember Jack Weiss including law enforcement leaders and Jewish leadership in the Valley.
Chief's Report: Chief Bill Bratton reported that overall crime is down by 15.7% compared to this time last year. The Academy currently has 367 recruits and the Department is actively recruiting police officer candidates.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that the Commissioners' committee assignments will be presented at the next Commission meeting, staff is currently working on a community meeting in the month of November, and there will be a full presentation on the LAPD/LASD Joint Crime Lab Facility soon.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., reported on his staffing level, which he hopes will be full by the end of the year. Commissioner Pacheco inquired on the timeline for some high profile cases. Mr. Birotte responded that some of the cases are near being turned into his office and some are further down the line, however, he is monitoring all cases at each step of the Department process and is closely involved with each investigation.
A presentation was given on the Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board by Co-Captain Ron Sanchez, and Gary Minzer, along with Hollywood Business Improvement District Executive Director Kerry Morrison. Hollywood Area has been reporting some of the largest decreases in crime and the highest rates of arrest. Captain Sanchez attributes much of that success to the effectiveness of the
CPAB. He feels that they act as a "problem solving" board and tackle many of the current issues facing the area with an amazing success rate. Co-Chair Gary Minzer presented the process that the Hollywood CPAB uses to achieve those successes. They base their agenda on goals and place the appropriate people on those tasks. He also stated that the level of communication and leadership at Hollywood is extremely high. Kerry Morrison commented on how the Police Activities League has now become quite strong through persistent efforts on behalf of the CPAB and other organizations. Captain Sanchez stated that Hollywood is currently working with approximately 400 youths in the area.
The Department's report relative to the Law Enforcement Response to Human Trafficking Grant Award was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council. Assistant Chief George Gascon and Dr. Kevin Jablonski presented a status report on District Policing. This pilot program essentially takes the idea of responsibility for a shift away and replaces it with responsibility for a piece of real estate. This pilot program is being tested in Rampart, Hollywood and Harbor Areas. To get a complete picture of the effectiveness, the program will run through the end of the year and a report will be submitted to the Commission in April, 2006. At this point, it looks like some aspects have been very positive and some may need further refinement.
The Department's report relative to the Van Nuys Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit, was approved.
Police Officer II Marlon Marrache has joined Commission Investigation Division staff. He has been with the Department for seven years and has worked at Foothill Area, West Los Angeles Area, BAD Surveillance, Van Nuys Area, Devonshire Area, Risk Management Group (organizing the Risk Management Executive Committee), and the Gun Unit and Threat Management Unit of Detective Support Division, before joining CID. Welcome, Marlon!
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 13, 2005:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Skobin attended the "Takin' It Back" book signing. He also inquired about the length of time required for police reports requested by the public. He specifically mentioned the length of time required to provide traffic accident reports. Commissioner Pacheco stated that he has visited and participated in ride-alongs at Hollywood and Wilshire Areas since the last Commission meeting. He was very impressed with the effectiveness of the cameras used at Hollywood and asked Chief Bratton what the probability would be for extending the use of cameras. Chief Bratton said that he is very interested in that concept along with working with donors who would be willing to sponsor those cameras. Commissioner Mack mentioned his appreciation for the training day designed for the benefit of the new Commisisoners. He also attended a press conference with the Mayor at the Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding the possibility of terrorism attacks during the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days. He felt reassured by statements made at that press conference that Los Angeles is safe. Commissioner Mack also stated that he will be attending a roll call at 77th Area.
Chief's Report: Chief Bill Bratton also commended Richard Tefank for organizing the first-ever Commission orientation. He reported that overall crime is down by 15.8% compared to this time last year. At this time, the Department is ahead of its goal of a 10% crime reduction for the year. There are currently 9,210 sworn members of the Department and the Academy has 367 recruits. Chief Bratton outlined several trips that he and his staff will be taking to share best practices with the leaders of law enforcement throughout the world.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that a CPAB presentation will be given next week by the Hollywood Area Co-Chairs.
Employee of the Month: Management Analyst Elvin Wheeler was named Employee of the Month for August, 2005. Elvin has stepped up to the plate and provided guidance in the Permit Section following the retirement of the Officer in Charge.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., introduced two new employees, Police Performance Auditors Warren Low and Sophia Liu. He has also been continuing to hold meetings with various community groups regarding Use of Force incidents.
Police Administrator Rhonda Sims-Lewis updated the Commission on the new Police Administration Facility, which is a 500,000sf building and two parking lots.
The Department's report relative to a request for the Office of the Inspector General and Force Investigation Division to examine the processes and procedures involved in the investigation of Categorical Use of Force incidents was approved.
The Department's, the Executive Director's, and the Inspector General's reports regarding the Consent Decree Status Report for the period ending August 30, 2005, were approved.
Police Performance Auditor III Sophia Liu has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Sophia was previously with the firm of Ernst and Young as a Senior Information Technology Auditor. She holds a Certificate from the Commission on National Security Systems along with a MSBA with an Option in Information Systems Auditing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Welcome, Sophia!
Congratulations to Maria Heredia! She has promoted to the Sr. Clerk Typist position at Personnel Group.
Congratulations to Ben Jones! He has promoted to the Detective III position at the Official Police Garage Unit.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 30, 2005:
Commission Business: Commissioner Skobin attended the Anti-Defamation League's Jewish Latino Roundtable meeting. Commissioner Pacheco participated in a ride-along and a roll call in Southeast Area over the weekend. Commissioner Mack attended several events with Mayor Villaraigosa including the Mothers in Action demonstration and the African Marketplace.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank stated that information to prepare the Goals and Vision Statement for the Commission was in the package for this week. This information, along with Committee assignments, will be discussed on September 20, 2005.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell reported that two significant events occurred this week, the first being the ongoing search for the alligator in Harbor Lake. And second, he briefly reviewed the arrest of Minister Tony Muhammad at a vigil for a homicide victim. He stated that officers asked Minister Mohammad to move two vehicles that were blocking the roadway. A conflict ensued and Minister Mohammad was taken into custody along with two of his bodyguards. Injuries were suffered by both the officers and the arrestees.
Assistant City Attorney Donna Jones presented a briefing on another the Brown Act.
Assistant City Attorney Julie Raffish presented a briefing on the parade permit process.
The Resolution Authorities for three new sworn positions at the Los Angeles International Airport Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, Emergency Services Division, was approved.
The Audit of Requirements for members of Professional Standards Bureau and Civilian Boards of Rights, was approved.
During the Public Comment portion of the agenda, 22 individuals spoke. Most of their comments were related to the incident involving the arrest of Minister Tony Muhammad. Following public comment, Commission President Mack stated that a fair process of review is mandatory. He commented that a "kangaroo court" will not be held for either the involved officers or Minister Mohammad.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 23, 2005:
Los Angeles - Today, in their first meeting, the members of the newly-appointed Los Angeles Police Commission, elected John W. Mack as the President, and Alan Skobin as the Vice President of the five -member panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department. The other members are Shelley Freeman, Regional President for Wells Fargo Los Angeles Metro Community Bank, Andrea Ordin, a Partner in law offices of Morgan Lewis, and Anthony Pacheco, an Attorney at the law firm of Proskauer Rose, LLP.
John Mack is the 49th individual to hold the position of Los Angeles Police Commission President. He is the former President of the Los Angeles Urban League, a position he held since 1969. Known for his civil rights leadership, President Mack accepted his nomination with the grace and dignity that has been his hallmark for many years. He stated, "I am honored and pleased to accept this position, but I do so in knowing that my utmost attention to honesty, inclusiveness, and transparency is the minimum requirement. It is from that platform that I plan to lead this Commission."
Alan Skobin is Vice President and General Counsel for Galpin Motors in the San Fernando Valley. He has already served on the Police Commission for two years and brings a great deal of experience to the newly-formed panel.
In their first meeting, all Commissioners, John W. Mack, Alan Skobin, Shelley Freeman, Andrea Ordin, and Anthony Pacheco, expressed their interest and excitement in joining the Commission.
Assistant City Attorney Donna Jones presented a briefing on the Brown Act.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell reported that violent crime is down by 28.1%, compared to the same time last year. Recruitment efforts are still underway to fill approved positions. Chief McDonnell stated that approximately 800 individuals must apply to net 60 recruit officers. Commissioner Skobin asked that a brief report be prepared on the reasons given when officers resign.
Commissioner Ordin asked if possible reasoning could also be provided on the significant drop in crime. Commissioner Mack asked for the composition of the recruits currently in the Academy, as one of his areas of interest is the diversity of the Department.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank welcomed the new Commissioners and stated that he will be providing information to the Commissioners so that they may begin to prepare their Goals and Vision Statement. Next week, Commission assignments will be reviewed along with another portion of the Commission's responsibility: the parade permit process. In October, the Department will be presenting a report on recruitment efforts. Commissioner orientation is being scheduled for early September.
The Request for Proposal for court hearing reporters was approved.
The retention schedule related items were approved.
The Inspector General's Activity Report for July, 2005, was accepted.
During the Public Comment portion of the agenda, many individuals wished to speak, and given the size limitations of the Commission hearing room, the meeting was moved to the auditorium. Members of the public primarily expressed concern about the Devin Brown incident. They felt that the process was taking too long and that the concerned officer's case needed to be adjudicated immediately to alleviate community distrust. Commissioner Mack commented that he also believes the process is too lengthy. He added that the process must be fair for all concerned.
Police Performance Auditor III Jennifer Litchfield has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Jennifer was previously was with Los Angeles County in the Auditor and Controller's Office.
Police Performance Auditor III Warren Low has also joined the Office of the Inspector General. Warren comes to this position from the Office of Finance where he was an Auditor.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 9, 2005:
On Tuesday, August 16, 2005, the current members of the Los Angeles Police Commission met as a group for the last time. They convened at 9:30am in Parker Center, as they had nearly every Tuesday for the last four years.
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Police Commission 2001-2005
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 9, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that total violent crime is down by 27.9% compared to the same time last year. Commissioner Cunningham was pleased to see crimes down in all categories. Commissioners Ochi and Skobin asked about the possibility of changing some standards relative to the hiring of recruits, specifically, the standards related to drug use and credit history. Chief McDonnell reported that the Department is looking at the current requirements in light of the fact that some individuals have stated that the requirements are "unduly harsh," and may discourage good candidates.
Executive Director's Report: Saul Romo reported that two Commission Executive Assistant I positions will be filled in the near future along with one Detective III position in Commission Investigation Division.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., reported that his office continues to monitor the Devin Brown and Suzie Pena cases. He has made offers to four Police Performance Auditor candidates and one have them has already started working this week. He introduced Hazel de Burgh from Kroll and Associates and thanked her for her efforts in getting the appropriate personnel in place at the Office of the Inspector General.
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ochi asked if it would be possible to invite Connie Rice to attend the Commission meeting next week to present a status report from the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel to this Commission before the new Commission is seated on August 23rd. Executive Director Tefank stated that he would ask Ms. Rice. The panel is expected to present its final report in the fall. Commissioner Skobin attended two National Night Out events and felt that they were well-attended and reflected a great deal of community support in both West Los Angeles and West Valley. He also commented on the continuing issue of "bandit tow trucks," and how devastating their actions can be to motorists. He would like to see a Department-wide approach to this issue. Executive Director Tefank stated that Commission Investigation Division detectives have already begun training at the Division level and the training material will also soon be on the Department's intranet.
The Department's report relative to the civilianization of the commanding officer position for the Audit Division was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee.
The Department's report relative to the use of informants by Gang Enforcement Detail personnel was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee. Approval of this item also includes the implementation of a pilot program in Hollywood and Rampart Areas to allow uniformed Gang Enforcement Detail officers the ability to develop, use, and maintain informants.
The Department's report relative to the Resolution Authorities for the Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP), Fiscal Year 2005/2006, was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council. The report was amended to increase the positions for Detective I from 13 to 15.
The Department's Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, Second Quarter 2005 was received and directed to the Office of the Inspector General for analysis.
Police Performance Auditor III Carolyn (Carol) Charnay has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Carol has 20 years of auditing experience in the private financial industry. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor. Welcome, Carol!
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 1, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that total violent crime is down by 27.7% compared to the same time last year. He is hopeful that with the re-opening of County jails, those arrested will be detained longer. Chief Bratton will be at events this evening in honor of National Night Out, which is designed to bring people out of their homes in support of law enforcement across the country. He also briefed the Commission on the status of the Board of Rights for Officer Hatfield. At this time, the Board has rendered a "guilty" verdict and is preparing the justification for that verdict. Chief Bratton expects to make his discipline decision, based on that verdict, within one week.
Executive Director's Report: Lt. André Dawson, Commission Investigation Division (CID), briefed the Commission on a recent field enforcement effort. Last Friday evening, CID detectives visited two dance halls and issued citations for non-compliance. Efforts such as this will be continuing to strengthen the enforcement side of permit processing.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr., reported that he attended the recent Day of Dialogue event regarding the Susie Peña shooting. He is also continuing to meet on this issue with representatives from Central American organizations.
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioners Skobin and Ochi attended the recent Little Tokyo Community Council meeting and also the appreciation dinner for the organizers of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens presented a status report on the health and safety issues related to Parker Center along with an update of the new Police Administration Facility. For Parker Center, all HVAC upgrades are complete and the improvements for the fire and life safety components have been drawn. General Services will be the contractor for this project. For the new facility, demolition has begun on the old structure and the project is on schedule, however it is currently 20% over budget. The City is looking at value engineering to reduce the cost.
Captain Kevin McCarthy presented the Department's recommendation to award the Automated Photo Red Light Contract Agreement to Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc. The Commission's vote last week was not valid, as the City Charter requires a majority vote of the entire Commission, if the members are present, or not. This week, the Commission approved the contract, with some revisions, with a vote of three.
Police Commission on Channel 35, LA Cityview
Police Commission meetings are now shown at 2:00pm, on Channel 35 on the Tuesday of the meeting. They are shown again on Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00pm. "Your Police Commission," the talk show hosted by Executive Director Richard Tefank, airs every Thursday at 1:00pm, and again at 9:00pm.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 26, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported on the three Use of Force incidents that have attracted media and community attention.
In the June 23, 2004 incident in which Stanley Miller was hit by a flashlight following a pursuit, two officers were directed to a Board of Rights by the Chief. Officer Hatfield's Board of Rights concluded and a decision is pending, and Officer Hale's Board of Rights is scheduled for September.
The intersection in which in which Devin Brown was shot and killed by an LAPD officer on February 6, 2005, has been completely recreated on an empty lot in the San Fernando Valley. This unusual recreation and subsequent reenactment has assisted greatly in understanding the placement of involved parties and the trajectory of the bullets. The Department will also be asking that the Coroner release the autopsy report. The Department will be presenting the case with the District Attorney next week, however the chief does not anticipate criminal charges will be filed against the involved officer.
A Board of Inquiry is being assembled under the direction of Assistant Chief Sharon Papa to further investigate and review the incident on July 10, 2005, involving the shooting death of Suzie Pena and her father, who was holding her while shooting at officers. Experts from within and from outside of the Department will be part of this board. This case will be presented to the District Attorney and the Chief again does not anticipate that criminal charges will be filed against the involved officers. The Chief also announced that a "Days of Dialogue," event is planned at two locations for this evening
Deputy Chief Michael Berkow reported on his trip to London in response to the recent terrorist bombings. He gained a great deal of information there which can be used in the prevention of such an attack in Los Angeles.
Executive Director's Report: Lt. André Dawson, Commission Investigation Division, briefed the Commission on the recent "Bandit Tow" sting on Quick Lift Tow at the Barnsdall Shopping Center parking lot. Two arrests were made during this sting and more stings are planned in the future. The "bandit tows" are different in their operations from legitimate tow companies in their practice of monitoring private parking lots for motorists who may step off the property to go elsewhere, if only for a moment. In the sting, an undercover officer parked in the lot, shopped in the stores associated with the lot, and then went around the corner. Upon the undercover officer's quick return, the car was being picked up by a Quick Lift tow truck. The tow operator asked for $181 dollars to release the car. The undercover officer stated she didn't have the money and the car was towed. It is in this scenario that the crime occurred, which is taking a vehicle without
the owner's consent. At that time, it becomes a civil matter and the tow operator should have released the car. After three days of surveillance of the parking lot, Commission Investigation Division detectives have identified approximately 55 victims of Quick Lift, and those individuals are being contacted regarding their individual cases to determine if they are civil or criminal in nature.
Captain Kevin McCarthy presented the Department's recommendation to award the Automated Photo Red Light Contract Agreement to Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc. While there was much discussion regarding some aspects of the contract, it was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee.
Note: The approval of this item was subsequently deemed inactive due to the two-to-one Commission vote. Three same votes are required for action on any item. The item will return on the next agenda.
The Department's report in response to the Public Safety Committee request on facilities that distribute medical marijuana within the City of Los Angeles was approved. The report recommended the allowance of such facilities in commercial areas only and not near schools or colleges, or near public or private recreational areas.
Management Analyst I Yolanda Basoco has returned to Charitable Services Section. Welcome back, Yolanda!
Clerk Typist Shontae Jones has joined the Official Police Garage Unit of Commission Investigation Division. She has been with the Department since 2000 and she has worked at Harbor Area Records Unit and Van Nuys Area Detective Unit.
Clerk Typist Leticia Reynoso has joined the Records Section of Commission Investigation Division. Leticia has been with LAPD, Records and Identification Division, for five years.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 19, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that violent crimes are down by 28.1% compared to the same time last year. He also stated that another multi-agency effort had taken place during the evening to disassemble the Vineland Boyz gang. The effort resulted in 14 arrests. He also spoke about the shooting incident which involved a suspect and his toddler daughter. He said that it will probably never be known which officer actually fired the shot which killed the child. Commissioner Caruso stated that he saw no benefit to the discovery of that information.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the Photo Red Contract will be on next week's agenda.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte stated that he has been meeting with various community groups regarding the incident involving the toddler and sharing as much information about the investigation process as possible.
Commissioner Ochi stated that she was pleased that Commissioner Skobin will be continuing to serve with the newly named Commissioners. All of the Commissioners thanked the men and women of the LAPD for their experiences during the last four years. Commissioner Caruso also reflected on the state of the Department versus what is now in place. He commented on the previous low morale, empty academy and high crime rates. Given the improvements that have been made in the last four years, he expressed disappointment in the comments being made regarding the toddler incident. He expressed concern over the well being of the involved officers. He spoke to all of them over the weekend and described them as emotionally devastated.
Detective Aaron Bankhead was named Employee of the Month for July 2005. Aaron is always more than willing to do any task and does an outstanding job everyday.
Police Administrator III Laura Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation upon her retirement.
Commander Terry Hara presented the use of force and Shooting Simulator Training update entitled, "End of Pursuit Tactics." This training video outlines safety precautions for officers to take when a pursuit ends and when it is likely that the suspect will reverse his or her car into the police car. These safety precautions are part of an ongoing process that the Department and Commission has engaged in to continually improve the safety of pursuits.
Special Investigator II Julie Buchwald has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Julie holds a law degree and was previously part of the Mayor's Public Safety team.
Management Analyst II Rene Gardea has joined the Police Commission Personnel Group. Rene has been with the City for 11 years and has worked at the Housing Department and LAPD. Within the Police Department, he has worked at the Hollenbeck CAD Unit, the Inspector General's Office, and Detective Support Division.
Secretary Deanna Bernson has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Deanna has been with the City for four years and has worked at the Backgrounds Unit of LAPD Recruitment and at the Office of Finance.
Clerk Typist Joanie Hall-Smith has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She has been with the City for three years and has worked at the Bureau of Sanitation in their Industrial Waste and Call Center Sections.
Special Investigator II Mark Gerbino has joined the Office of the Inspector General. He just completed 30 years in law enforcement, two of those years with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and 28 years with the Rochester Police Department in New York.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 12, 2005:
The Police Commission Unit Citation was awarded to 15 individuals who collectively reinvigorated the Reserve corps through a focused plan. Those individuals were: Commander Robert Hansohn, Lt. II Robert Edgar, Sgt. I Adam O'Neill, Officer III David Love, Officer III Rosalinda O'Brien, Officer II Ondina Seliktar, Officer Nathan Ruvalcaba, Officer II Edward Au, Officer II Kristine Caldwell, Reserve Officer Eric Rose, Reserve Officer Walfredo Sabria, Reserve Officer David Bush, Reserve Officer James McClafferty, Reserve Officer Cathy Needleman and Clerk Typist Sandra Sigala.
The Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal was awarded to Eleanor Montano for a lifetime of volunteerism to the City of Los Angeles and the Department.
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that Citywide violent crime is down by 28% compared to the same time last year, and 39% compared to the same time two years ago. He stated that a comprehensive report on pursuits would be presented to the Commission in the near future. He also outlined a few brief facts on the tragic shooting death on Sunday of a father and his toddler daughter. He said that he would be getting updated information throughout the week and that he would provide as much of that information as possible. Inspector General's Report: André Birotte introduced Special Investigator II Mark Gerbino.
Commissioner Ochi attended the promotional ceremony on July 10th. Commissioner Skobin attended the Coalition on Gangs event in the Valley. He stated that it provided a great deal of employment information. He also attended a dinner honoring the Memorial Foundation for the Burbank Police Department. Commissioner Cunningham was at the shooting incident on Sunday through the early hours of Monday morning.
Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Mark Woodsmall and Captain Bill Fierro presented a status report. The Board has been very successful in the identification of 10 bars that tend to attract crime, and the subsequent closure of those bars. They have also had success in many youth programs. The Co-Chairs stated that their biggest challenge is in the area of recruiting quality individuals for the program and they are looking at new ways to identify those individuals through their community involvement.
The Department's report regarding the streamlining of Jail Division's booking and transportation processes was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee. The recommendations in this report reduce the booking time by 15 minutes.
On Thursday, July 14th, Mayor Villaraigosa announced his selections for the new Police Commission. They are Shelley Freeman, John Mack, Andrea Ordin, Anthony Pacheco, and Alan Skobin. These candidates will now be scheduled for confirmation by the City Council in the near future.
Bandit Tow Sting
Congratulations to everyone Commission Investigation Division on another successful Bandit Tow sting resulting in two arrests in the Northeast Area. Watch for the sting on "Life and Times" on July 21st, KCET, at 6:30pm.
LA POLICE COMMISSION PRESIDENT TO CO-CHAIR JOINT COMMISSION ON LAUSD GOVERNANCE
David S. Cunningham, III, was named by Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla to Co-Chair 30-member board
Los Angeles - The President's Joint Commission on Los Angeles Unified School District Governance will convene for the first time as the members are installed at the Los Angeles City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at 10:00am. Co-Chairing this group of 30 esteemed individuals will be Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, and Maria Casillas, President of Families in Schools. President Cunningham was selected by City Council President Alex Padilla, and Ms. Casillas was selected by Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Jose Huizar. This group's mission is to evaluate the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District and provide recommendations for its enhancement.
Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, stated, "I am both pleased and honored to be part of this Joint Commission. The improvement of our schools is of paramount importance to our City. The stronger and safer our schools are, the stronger and safer the future of our City is. I am looking forward to developing meaningful recommendations to enhance the level of education in our schools along with ways to provide the safest possible learning environment."
President Cunningham has served on the Los Angeles Police Commission for the last four years and he has held the Presidency for the last two years. He brings a wealth of public safety knowledge and experience to this new post. In addition, he is also a Partner in the law firm Kelly, Lytton & Vann, LLP, specializing in land use law.
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 21, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that Citywide violent crime is down by 28.1% compared to the same time last year, and 39% compared to the same time two years ago. He also reported on Operation Silent Night which was a multi-agency overnight task force focusing on the Vineland Boyz gang. This gang is extremely violent and is linked to the killing of a Burbank Police Officer. Twenty-three members were arrested.
Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that CPAB presentations to the Commission are being scheduled and that the CPAB Co-Chair luncheon will be held on June 30th.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that his office is still working through the process of filling six Police Performance Auditor positions.
Attorney Connie Rice presented a status report on the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel. She thanked the current Commission for their assistance and vision in creating the panel and stated that the report should be ready in the fall. She believes the report will serve as a useful "autopsy" of the Rampart scandal and will examine all of the involved agencies, not just the LAPD. Commissioner Skobin attended the Reserve Inspection.
Commissioner Cunningham also attended the inspection along with the Walk for Life and Peace. He estimated approximately 500 people participated in the walk and many of them were children.
Assistant Chief George Gascon presented Robert M. Jones with a City Council Resolution for his outstanding dedication to the City of Los Angeles and the betterment of law enforcement.
Teresita (Tess) Timm was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the Commission upon her retirement. Tess has been with the City for 30 years and is retiring as the Officer in Charge of the Commission's Permit Section.
Several people, including Councilmember Greuel, spoke on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of General Services. While most speakers agreed that the concept of combining City security services was an improvement, there were some concerns about the details of the plan. Some of the concerns raised actually did not fall under the jurisdiction of the Police Commission. The MOA was approved in concept so that it may be transmitted to Public Safety Committee, but with the understanding that some changes will be made.
Special Investigator Sam Colina was awarded the Employee of the Month, May 2005, for his outstanding work.
Lt. Rick Wall presented the Consent Decree Mental Illness Project Status Report. The Mental Evaluation Unit has made significant accomplishments toward the ultimate goal of re-directing persons with mental health issues away from the criminal justice system to the county mental health system where they can be better served.
The Commission approved the Executive Director's report regarding the recommendations from the Human Relations and Police Commission's Community Relations Workgroup regarding Department response to significant community incidents.
The Department's reports relative to the revision of the "Policy Prohibiting Retaliation," and "Prohibited Acts That Contribute to Retaliation," were approved.
Special Investigator II J.B. Williams has joined the Office of the Inspector General. He has 15 years experience with the Inglewood Police Department and additional experience with the Orange County Sheriff's Department as a trainer in Use of Force and other POST required training components.
Welcome J.B.! While Daysi Ibanez has been with the Office of the Inspector General since April, she somehow missed our newsletter! Daysi began her career with the City in the PSR program and is converting to a Secretary. A belated welcome Daysi!
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 14, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that Citywide violent crime is down by 28.1% compared to the same time last year, and 38.8% compared to the same time two years ago. Commissioner Cunningham asked that a comparison be made with other major cities in terms of crime reduction.
Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that the Public Safety Committee requested a status report on the Rampart Blue Ribbon Panel along with a list of donations that have been made to the panel. In addition, the Public Safety Committee asked for additional information on the donations made for consulting contracts by the Police Foundation.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that two more Special Investigators will join the Office of the Inspector General shortly. He also mentioned that he was honored to attend a tribute to Bishop Charles Blake with Commissioner Skobin.
Commissioner Ochi attended the Go for Broke Monument Anniversary and the grand opening of the Monument's Visitors Center. She also attended a dedication at Roosevelt High School for a Japanese garden that was actually designed in the 1930's. Commissioner Skobin attended the Bishop Blake event and a meeting of the Los Angeles County Police Officers Association. He also asked for a report on the Department's enforcement capabilities regarding "bandit tows." That report will be presented on July 12th.
The Commission approved the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal for Eleanor Montano and the Police Commission Unit Citation for 14 Department employees who revitalized the Reserves. Commissioner Skobin asked that Commander Robert Hansohn be added to the Unit Citation list. These awards will be given at the Police Commission meeting on July 12th.
The report relative to the adoption of the District Attorney's Protocol for Referral of Allegations of Criminal Misconduct in cases of alleged police misconduct, was approved.
The Inspector General's report relative to Consent Decree Compliance and Remedial Efforts to attain compliance within the Office of the Inspector General, was approved for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee.
The Department's report relative to the Grobeson, et. al., v. City of Los Angeles - Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Compliance Report, was approved.
Detective II Lisa Seguin has joined Commission Investigation Division. Lisa has been with the Department for almost 11 years and has worked as an Officer in Hollenbeck, Southwest, and Narcotics, and as a Detective in the Abused Child Unit of Juvenile Division.
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 7, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief George Gascon reported that Citywide Part One (or serious) Crimes are down by 16.9% compared to the same time last year.
Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that he has prepared briefing points for new Commissioners and also a list of pending projects.
Inspector General André Birotte commented that he is working on the Bruce Lisker case which was reported in the Los Angeles Times. He has also been monitoring the Devin Brown investigation and attending community meetings on that subject.
Commissioner Skobin asked that staff from the Commission, Inspector General's Office and the Department develop a strategy for an audit and review plan to maintain the Consent Decree goals when the Independent Monitor's commitment is fulfilled. Commissioner Alarcon attended the installation of officers for the Foothill Boosters. Commissioner Cunningham attended the Police Magnet High School Graduation at the Elysian Park Academy.
The Commission awarded the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal to Kerry Morrison, the Executive Director of the Hollywood Entertainment District. Kerry has led the way for numerous improvements in the Hollywood Area including the ban on Silly String on Halloween, and the placement of cameras along Hollywood Boulevard.
Here's what they said on the document Kerry recieved:
The members of the Los Angeles Police Commission are proud to award the Los Angeles Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal to you for your exceptional service to the Los Angeles Police Department.
In your capacity as the Executive Director of the Business Improvement District for the Hollywood Entertainment District, you have reached out and partnered with virtually every aspect of City government and social service agency extending your energy and expertise to improve conditions, relationships and return value to the community. Your partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department has been such that your efforts have resulted in a safer, cleaner, more economically viable Hollywood Area.
While your accomplishments are numerous, several stand out as examples of your extraordinary work. Under your leadership, Silly String was banned in Hollywood on Halloween. This single action has allowed nearly 400 police officers to remain in their respective Areas instead of being deployed in Hollywood on Halloween, which was known to be problematic. As an Executive Board member of the Police Activities League, you were instrumental in raising more than $128,000 to keep this youth/crime prevention program alive. You also took the lead in developing a state of the art wireless digital video camera system to be placed in the Entertainment District. Your work resulted in a 15 page request for proposal, selection of a vendor, consultation with the FBI, and funding from the Hollywood Entertainment District. This closed circuit television system has already resulted in the apprehension of violent crime suspects and has restored a sense of safety along Hollywood Boulevard.
Your efforts have made a marked difference in the Hollywood Area. The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners thanks you for your outstanding dedication to all of the people of Los Angeles. Congratulations.
The architects for the new Police Administration Facility displayed a model of the new facility and described its functions. The project is expected to be put out for contracting bids in 2006 with a final completion date of 2009.
The joint report from the LAPD and the Department of Transportation relative to Photo Red Light Contracts, was considered and no action was taken.
During Public Comment, several individuals spoke on the recent racial tensions at Jefferson Senior High School.
Management Analyst I Donna Muñoz has transferred to Charitable Services Section from Personnel Group.
Management Analyst II Thomas Thornton has returned to the Commission family and is now in Personnel Group.
Management Analyst II Stephen Thorne has joined the Personnel Group. Stephen has been with LAPD for 20 years and has worked in Inspection and Control Section and Personnel Group.
At the Police
Commission Meeting on May 24, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that violent
crimes are down by 28.3% compared to the same time last year, and
property crimes are down by 13.5%. He reviewed the events of Memorial
Week including the Candlelight Vigil, the Memorial Service at Parker
Center, and the Annual Golf Tournament at Rancho Park. He also commented
on the Chaplains' Banquet and the donation of a platform for the
Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that the Photo Red Light
contract issue is still under negotiations at the City Attorney's
Office, the Public Safety Committee was presented a Consent Decree
update from the Chief Legislative Analyst regarding the Board of
Rights process and other items in the Quarterly Monitor's Report,
there will be a Consent Decree principals meeting this Friday, and
that the newly created Mission Area Official Police Garage contract
is working well.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that an offer has
been extended to a new Assistant Inspector General and that the
process of interviewing and selecting Police Performance Auditors
will begin soon.
Commissioner Ochi commented that she attended the Memorial Service
and was touched by the ceremony. She also asked for a complete listing
of all Commission pending projects and for a status report on the
coalition of community relations organizations. Vice President Skobin
attended the Candlelight Vigil, the Explorer Graduation and the
Chaplains' Banquet. He commented on the huge attendance for the
The report on expanding the "Summer of Success" program
was approved for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee. While
the report states that the LAPD does not have funding to expand
the program, the Department will assist with statistics and support,
should the other involved entities wish to expand. Commissioner
Alarcon requested that a letter also be transmitted to the Public
Safety Committee reflecting the Commission's support for this program.
The Department's report and the Executive Director's report regarding
the Hunter-La Ley report for June 27, 2004 to January 8, 2005, were
The Executive Director's report in response to a Board query regarding
the Special Events Permit process was approved.
During Public Comment, several individuals spoke on the status of
the Devin Brown incident. Inspector General André Birotte
stated that he has been attending Action and Accountability meetings
and will continue to do so to provide as much information as possible
about this case.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 10, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that violent crimes
are down by 28.6% compared to the same time last year, and property
crimes are down by 14.1%. He also commented on the recent freeway
shootings. The Department is continuing its investigation while
there are about the same number of these types of shootings as there
are each year.
Chief George Gascon gave an update on the discussions involving
Special Order 40. He stated that he has personally been participating
in several Spanish media events to provide information to the public
on the proposed operational change related to Special Order 40,
but not to the actual policy. In an effort to take known felons
who prey on the immigrant community off the street, the change would
only allow officers to question known felons who have been previously
deported. The issue will be presented to the Police Commission in
the near future.
Officer David Craig presented the "Patriot Award" to Commissioner
Caruso and Chief Bratton. The Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserves bestows this award for outstanding employers of military
service personnel. Officer Craig also presented symbolic coins demonstrating
his appreciation for Chief Bratton's and Commissioner Caruso's support
while he was serving in the Middle East.
Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that another Community
Police Advisory Board will be attending next week's meeting to make
Inspector General André Birotte stated that with the recent
additions in staff, the work product in his office has increased
greatly in terms of quality and quantity.
The Commission approved, in concept, private entities contracting
with the Department to provide supplemental law enforcement services
for venues, Business Improvement Districts, or occurrences that
take place on an occasional basis. This issue will be further analyzed
by the Department and other City entities before it is returned
to the Commission for final approval. In addition, Commission Investigation
Division will work with the Department to review the current practice
of off-duty and/or retired motor officers staffing filming locations.
Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. William Schwabe attended
the meeting to present the findings from the Days of Dialogue meetings
following the Devin Brown shooting. Out of 376 people who attended
the Citywide meetings on February 26, 2005, 255 of them submitted
surveys. Those surveys consisted of questions to solicit the respondent's
feelings regarding blame and response of public policy makers in
the aftermath of the event. The results showed a general improvement
in the public's perception of LAPD being more open, accountable,
and trying to improve.
Commander Charlie Beck presented the 2004 Safe Parks Annual Report.
He credited much of the success of this program to the cooperative
efforts of the Recreation and Parks Department Rangers. It is hoped
that those relationships will endure if General Services and Recreation
and Parks combine some of their operations.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 3, 2005:
Management Analyst II Wayne Sugahara, Alarms Section, was named
the Employee of the Month for April 2005. Wayne was nominated by
his peers for this honor because of his relentless dedication to
his work. While he handles numerous alarm calls daily, he treats
each customer with the utmost respect and compassion for their particular
situation. His performance in the Alarms Section is extraordinary
and he is to be commended for a job well done!
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that violent crimes
are down by 37.6% compared to the same time last year, and property
crimes are down by 14.2%. He also commented on the recent freeway
shootings. He stated the motivation is unknown in most cases and
that to date, there are about the same number of these types of
shootings as there are each year. However, there has been more media
attention on the problem this year. Commissioner Cunningham added
that anyone who has any information on these incidents may call
the Department tip line at 1-877-LAWFULL.
Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas
will attend the next Commission meeting to present the findings
from the Days of Dialogue following the Devin Brown incident. He
also stated that the Photo Red Light contract issue is still under
negotiation for the next 60 days.
Inspector General André Birotte introduced a new member of
his staff: Police Performance Auditor IV John Grosdidier.
Vice President Alan Skobin attended the Mission Area inspection
and dedication, along with the Staff Officers Annual Retreat (SOAR).
Commissioner Skobin also asked that the Department prepare a report
on the possibility of handling private party misdemeanor arrests
in the same manner as any other misdemeanor arrest. President David
S. Cunningham, III, attended the recruit and reserve graduation
on April 29th, SOAR, and the Crossroads event where numerous agencies
collaborated on addressing the disconnected youth issue. Commissioner
Cunningham was also present for the announcement of the end of the
Stanley Miller incident investigation. He stated that all promises
made by the Department were met during this difficult investigation.
A presentation was given by Co-Chairs Captain Sergio Diaz and Reverend
Lee Heard on the Southeast CPAB. The Southeast Area has many active
youth programs. They are known for their "boot camp" style
program which currently has 45 at-risk students. Southeast also
has a very active Clergy Council that has produced many successful
events. Captain Diaz stated that the real advantage of CPAB has
been in the area of enhanced communication. He used an example of
early knowledge of an application for a liquor license in an area
that was already overrun with liquor sales. The CPAB was able to
collectively stop the granting of the permit.
Chief Ron Bergmann led a presentation of the San Fernando Valley
Coalition on Gangs. The Coalition began in 2001 and has been very
successful in reducing gang violence throughout the Valley. The
program consists of numerous governmental and community agencies
working together to combine resources to offer alternatives to gangs.
Blinky Rodriguez has been a major proponent of this program and
has actually served as a negotiator to prevent gang retaliation
attacks. Chief Bergmann feels that this successful program could
be copied in most jurisdictions.
The Executive Director's report regarding an Official Police Garage
rate adjustment was approved.
Senior Clerk Typist Diana Dupar has joined the Advocates Section.
Diana has been with the City for 16 years and all of those years
have been with LAPD. As a Clerk Typist, she worked in Personnel
Records, Commission Investigation Division, and Southeast Area.
And as a Senior Clerk Typist, she has worked Records and Identification
Division (Criminal History Section), Chartitable Services Section,
Southeast Area (two times), and Internal Affairs before joining
us. Welcome, Diana!
Police Performance Auditor IV John Grosdidier has joined the Office
of the Inspector General. John has been with the City for one year
in the Police Department's Audit Division as a Police Performance
Auditor III. Previously, John has worked at large oil companies
including Getty, Texaco, and Shell conducting internal audits both
domestically and abroad. John holds the following certification:
Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified
Internal Auditor. Welcome, John!
the Police Commission Meeting on March 8, 2005:
Report: Chief William Bratton stated that all Part One, or serious
violent or property crimes, are down compared to the same time last
year. Homicide is down by 3.2% and rape is down by 31.9%. The Department
continues to hire new officers to fill vacant positions.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that he met again with
representatives from the Human Relations Commission and is currently
working on follow up items. He and Commissioner Cunningham also
met with representatives from the Commission for Children, Youth
and Their Families to discuss a youth summit event involving the
Police Department. Mr. Tefank introduced new employees, Lt. II Andre
Dawson and Detective I Tina Carlozzi. He also stated that Senior
Personnel Analyst II Susan Ozawa of the Commission's Personnel Group
has joined the Department's Personnel Division. Susan's position
is being filled by Senior Management Analyst II Eva Vega from the
Office of the Inspector General.
Inspector General André Birotte announced a new employee,
Special Investigator Charles Gaither.
Senior Management Analyst I Lisa Floyd updated the Commission on
the status of upgrading the life/safety standards of Parker Center.
She stated that duct cleaning will begin on March 14th. All work
will be done during off hours and no employees will be relocated
during the process. Assistant Chief Sharon Papa reported on the
status of the new Police Administration Facility. The projected
completion date in is 2009.
Captain Allan Michelena reported on the situation of medical fraud
scams affecting medical supplies and services provided to immigrant
communities. The item was referred to the City Attorney's Office
with a report expected in 30 days.
Special Investigator Charles Gaither has joined the Office of the
Inspector General. He is a former sworn member of LAPD who left
in 1998 to become a Federal Agent for the United States Postal Service.
He then earned his law degree. Welcome, Charles!
Lt. Andre Dawson has joined Commission Investigation Division as
the Commanding Officer. He has worked a variety of assignments during
his 23 years at LAPD. As an Officer he served at Rampart, Communications,
77th, Mental Evaluation Unit of Detective Headquarters Division,
South Bureau CRASH, Newton Vice, and Newton. As a Sergeant he served
at North Hollywood, Southwest, North Hollywood Vice, and Organized
Crime and Vice. As a Lieutenant he served at West Los Angeles, Transit
Rail, Inspection and Control, Audit Division, and at West Bureau
as the West Bureau Vice Coordinator. Welcome, Andre!
Correction Regarding Rampart Soccer League
The soccer league which will be initiated in Lafayette Park is one
of the programs under the Rampart PAL Youth Program. Officer Covington
will be taking sign ups at the youth center for this program and
other programs in two weeks. Interested parties can contact Officer
at the Rampart PAL Youth Center at 213-388-4243 Tuesday through
Friday after 2:30p.m. to sign up.
At the Community Police Commission Meeting on March 1, 2005:
The meeting was opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Rampart
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Officer Robert Canizalez,
Officer Andres Cardenas, Officer Todd Doyle, Officer Gary Ferrato,
Officer Adam Niebergall, Officer Kosal Bun, Officer Robin Jones,
and Officer Edward Reagan for their outstanding achievements as
part of the Domestic Abuse Response Team.
Shane Goldsmith for Councilmember Garcetti's Office expressed the
Councilmember's regrets for not coming, however he was running a
103 degree temperature and was not feeling well. She welcomed the
Police Commission to the Thirteenth Council District and acknowledged
the Rampart Senior Lead Officers for the outstanding work they do
Rampart Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair Bertha Woolridge
and Captain Charlie Beck presented a status report on the Rampart
CPAB. Among the many achievements the members of this active CPAB
have accomplished, they are initiating a soccer league in Lafayette
Park. Captain Beck reported that Part One crimes are down by 20%
in the Rampart Area compared to the same time last year. He also
invited the Commissioners to view Rampart's License Recognition
Vehicle, which is the only four-camera vehicle in the United States.
The cameras have the ability to process thousands of visible license
plates while the car is used in regular patrol duties.
Chief's Report: First Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that
the Days of Dialogue had occurred last Saturday at 20 locations
throughout the City. The purpose of this event was for people from
the community to discuss their concerns regarding the tragic use
of force incident involving Devin Brown. He also announced that
the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association had named Police
Commissioner Alan Skobin as the Reserve Officer of the Year. Commissioner
Skobin is a Reserve for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that he also participated
in the Days of Dialogue event and felt that it was very productive.
He has also been making several appearances to explain the role
of the Inspector General during the investigation phase of the Devin
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that the Photo Red Light
contract issue will return to the Commission by late March or early
April. He also attended a meeting with the Human Relations Commission
and will continue to provide information from that Commission.
Commissioner Skobin announced that he also attended the Human Relations
Commission meeting. He also viewed the command post for the Academy
Awards and commended the Department for a job well done.
The Commission revisited the Special Events Permit for the City
of Los Angeles Marathon. The permit for the event was re-approved
with the understanding that this event is categorically exempt from
the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition, Nick
Curl, the promoter of this event, outlined the mitigation efforts
that have been made lessen the impact to all businesses and houses
of worship along the route.
Fourteen individuals spoke about various issues during the public
comment portion of the meeting. The topics included homelessness,
disapproval of the recent change in policy relative to shooting
at or from a moving vehicle, terrorism, the necessity of more officers,
and the necessity of overtime for officers. Some speakers expressed
concern over specific local issues such as child safety on certain
corners due to lewd conduct of some individuals, and the disregard
of traffic lights near a school. The specific concerns were referred
to Chief Carter and his staff for resolution.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 22, 2005:
Chief William Bratton reported that overall violent crimes are down
by 23.4% compared to the same time last year.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone that the next
meeting will be held at Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake
on March 1st, at 6:30pm.
Inspector General Andre Birotte stated that he attended the "Days
of Dialogue" meeting which provided a wrap up of the Stanley
Miller "Days of Dialogue" meetings. The review from that
meeting will be posted on LAPDOnline.org. He also stated that he has
been authorized to begin advertising for several Police Performance
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Skobin attended the one year
memorial service for Officer Ricardo Lizarraga and stated that it
was extremely moving. Commissioner Cunningham also attended the memorial
along with the Days of Dialogue event, the West Angeles Church Law
Enforcement Day, and the Black History Month Expo at the Faith Dome.
Commissioner Alarcon stated that several of the Department's DART
officers (Domestic Abuse Response Team) will be recognized by the
Commission for their outstanding work.
The Commisison approved the 30 day extension for the submission of
the Revised Anti-Retaliation Policy Report.
The Inspector General's report regarding the Annual Retaliation Policy
Review was approved.
At the Special Police Commission Meeting on February 16, 2005:
The Commission approved the revised policy relative to shooting at
or from a moving vehicle. The revised policy prohibits an officer
from discharging a firearm at a moving vehicle unless the officer
or another person is being immediately threatened with deadly force
by means other than the moving vehicle. The moving vehicle itself
will no longer constitute the threatened use of force and requires
that an officer move out of the path of the moving vehicle. Furthermore,
the revised policy prohibits an officer from discharging a firearm
from inside of a moving vehicle except in exigent circumstances and
in the immediate defense of life.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 15, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported on crime statistics
and the ongoing investigation following the tragic use of force incident
involving Devin Brown.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that he has also been
closely involved in the tragic incident and has participated in several
community events and discussions to outline the role of the Inspector
General throughout the investigation.
Commissioner Cunningham announced his desire to review all use of
force policies to ensure that the Department reflected the best practices
throughout the law enforcement community.
Vertita DeHesa was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation upon
her retirement after 27 years of dedicated service to the City of
Los Angeles. Julie Valenzuela was presented with a twenty-year service
The Special Events Permit was approved for the City of Los Angeles
Marathon. While the Commissioners were concerned with comments made
by several members of Korean community churches, they were assured
that every reasonable provision had been made to allow access to the
churches on Sunday, March 6, despite the route of the Marathon.
The concept of a partnership with the Department of Animal Services
to expand the City's law enforcement role in the investigation of
animal abuse and "blood-sport" animal fighting, was approved
for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee.
At the Supplemental
Police Commission Meeting on February 15, 2005:
Assistant Chief Sharon Papa outlined the proposed new policy relative
to shooting into or from moving vehicles. She stated that research
on this new policy had been in the works for some time. Twelve other
law enforcement agencies' policies have been examined and the proposal
reflects the best practices. While the Commissioners generally agreed
with the concept of prohibiting firing into or from a moving vehicle,
there was a difference of opinion in the verbage of when to consider
a moving vehicle a deadly threat. Many community members spoke and
shared their concerns over the Devin Brown incident. The item was
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 8, 2005:
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that the
District Attorney opined that criminal charges should not be filed
against the officers involved in the Stanley Miller incident. He
also reported on the tragic loss of a 13 year-old boy involved in
an officer involved shooting. He reported that crime statistics
are continuing to reflect significant decreases in all violent crimes.
Executive Director Richard Tefank introduced Lt. Andre Dawson who
has accepted the Commanding Officer position in Commission Investigative
Division. He also announced that the last community meeting to discuss
the Stop Data Analysis Methodology will be held on February 9th
at 7:00pm at the British Petroleum Plaza Auditorium.
Inspector General André Birotte reported that he has been
closely involved in the tragic officer involved shooting incident
since it occurred on Sunday.
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Alarcon expressed her disappointment
in the District Attorney's opinion regarding the Stanley Miller
case. She has met with several employee associations regarding the
Department's outreach efforts for promotional opportunities. She
will have a report on this topic soon. Commissioner Ochi reported
that she will be going to Washington D.C. to facilitate DNA training.
She also mentioned the upcoming joint meeting with the Cultural
Language Task Force and the Hate Crimes Task Force. President Cunningham
also expressed his disappointment in the District Attorney's opinion.
He stated that he went to the site of the officer involved shooting
involving the 13 year-old boy and he feels both empathy and anger
over this tragic incident. Commissioner Caruso stated that the half
cent sales tax measure will be considered for placement on the May
ballot by the City Council
on Wednesday. (Note: The item did not pass with a 9 to 6 vote).
Commissioner Caruso also expressed his deep remorse over the officer
involved shooting incident. He believes that a policy change regarding
officers' ability to shoot at a moving vehicle needs to be in effect
Police Administrator Laura Johnson gave an update on the new Police
Administration Facility. In Parker Center, General Services Department
staff is now preparing to do most of the fire/safety improvements
themselves. Also, the Police Foundation is now being considered
for assistance in renovating the auditorium.
Community Police Advisory Board Update - Part of a Series
Captain Sean Kane and CPAB Co-Chair Mark Wilson presented a status
report on the Newton Area Community Police Advisory Board. Crime
has decreased significantly in Newton and Captain Kane feels that
the effectiveness of the Newton CPAB is partly responsible for that
decrease. While there is not active participation by all members,
the Newton CPAB is moving forward with some outstanding programs
such as Neighbor to Neighbor. President Cunningham challenged the
members of the Newton CPAB to recruit youths into the many LAPD
youth programs including the Explorers, DAPS, and Jeopardy.
Captain Sharyn Buck reported on "flyer parties." These
are parties that are usually commercial endeavors held in empty
warehouses. Typically, drugs are readily available and crime increases
in the surrounding area. She stated that the most effective way
to control these parties is through Ordinance changes and efforts
to make those changes are currently underway.
During the public comment period, 19 individuals spoke mainly about
the officer involved shooting incident regarding the 13 year-old
boy. For the most part, speakers expressed their concern, frustration,
anger and sadness over the incident. Commissioner Caruso ended the
meeting reflecting the speakers' frustration with the current policy.
The Commission announced that it determined that the Stanley Miller
incident should now be classified as a non-categorical use of force
case. While the Inspector General will still continue to review
this case and keep the Commission updated, the decision of discipline,
if any, will rest at the Area level.
Senior Clerk Typist Lourdes Zaldivar has joined the staff of the
Office Inspector General. Lourdes has been with the City of Los
Angeles since 2003 and has worked as a Police Services Representative.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 25, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that violent crimes
are down by 19.1% compared to the same time last year and property
crimes are down by 20.9%. These figures are very good, however,
there may be some correlation to the heavy rains.
Executive Director Richard Tefank presented the Commissioners with
their assignments for the upcoming year. The item was continued.
Assistant Inspector General Nicole Bershon thanked the Department's
Personnel Division for its help in re-staffing the Office of the
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Alarcon requested that a condolence
letter be sent to the Fire Department New York for the tragic loss
of three firefighters. Commissioner Ochi reported that she met with
several organizations including the League of Women Voters. She
also mentioned the upcoming joint meeting with the Cultural Language
Task Force and the Hate Crimes Task Force. Commissioner Skobin updated
the Commission on his review of the Use of Force review process.
Commissioner Cunningham stated that the City Council directed the
City Attorney to return by February 11th with language to place
a Charter change on the May ballot removing the anonymity of the
Airport Police. The proposal to increase the Citywide sales tax
by a half cent is scheduled to be heard by full Council on January
The City Council request to temporarily close two streets in the
Harbor Gateway area due to criminal activity was continued for two
weeks. While the Commission generally agreed with the Department's
recommendation to not support this item, additional information
was requested including community input.
report regarding efforts in recruiting openly gay and lesbian officers
was accepted. Commissioner Alarcon will also be meeting with the
Gay and Lesbian United Employees Association to discuss this issue
Senior Personnel Analyst II Susan Ozawa presented her review of
the Department's most recent Hunter-La Ley quarterly report. The
department is moving in a positive direction, however, due to the
hiring freeze, promotions are very limited.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 18, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that violent crimes are down
by 18.9% compared to the same time last year and property crimes
are down by 10.4%. These figures are a promising start to Chief
Bratton's goal of a 10% reduction in crime for 2005.
Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that he would have the
Commissioners' assignments for this year prepared for the next meeting.
He also stated that Lt. Debra Kirk will be honored by City Council
on Wednesday, January 19th.
Assistant Inspector General Terry Martin announced that Inspector
General André Birotte and his wife Rebecca are now the proud
parents of André Birotte, III. Terry Martin also reported
that the staff transition at the IG's office should be complete
by the end of March.
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ochi reported that she and
Commissioner Cunningham attended the groundbreaking ceremony for
the new Regional Crime Lab. She reiterated her interest in convening
all stakeholders to look at real time solutions for victims of retaliation.
She also asked that a meeting be arranged with the Mayor's Office
to discuss the possibility of a Recreation Center within the new
Police Administration Building. Commissioner Caruso announced that
he had commissioned a poll to determine the liklihood of passage
of a Citywide measure to raise the sales tax by a half cent to hire
more LAPD officers. He was pleased to announce that the poll suggests
the measure would pass. Commissioner Skobin stated that he met with
representatives from the City Attorney's Office and LAPD staff to
discuss streamlining the parade permit process.
was made on the methodology regarding the Proposed Pedestrian and
Motor Vehicle Stop Data Analysis. Barb Garrett from the Chief Legislative
Analyst's Office explained the importance of the community's input
in creating the methodology for data analysis. Four regional meetings
have been set up to give the community that opportunity:
January 27, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)
5931 West 18th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90035
February 2, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Intergeneration Community Center
3980 South Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037
February 3, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
February 9, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
British Petroleum Plaza
In the Auditorium
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
took partial action on the item regarding automated photo red light
program services. The written appeal and formal protest by Redflex
Traffic Systems, Inc. was accepted and authorization for the Chief
to enter into negotiations with Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc., was
approved. Approval of the Department's initial and supplemental
reports was continued.
The Executive Director's report on the Official Police Garage Association
Vehicle Impound Information Center Web site was accepted and transmitted
to Public Safety Committee for informational purposes. This Web
site will serve both the law enforcement community and the public
in obtaining information on impounded vehicles.
ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION APPROVES FLASHLIGHT POLICY
January 11, 2005
Los Angeles - After a great deal of dialogue with members
of the community and the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los
Angeles Police Commission approved a policy relative to the officers'
use of flashlights. The policy reads:
use of the flashlight is for illumination purposes. The use
of the flashlight as an impact device is discouraged by the
Department. However, under exigent circumstances, and when the
use of the officers' baton is not feasible, the flashlight may
be used as an impact device. Consistent with the Department's
Use of Force Policy, any use of the flashlight as an impact
device shall be reported, with an explanation as to why the
flashlight was used in lieu of other impact devices. The reason
for the use of the flashlight as an impact device will be critically
President David S. Cunningham, III, stated, "This policy is
the result of months of dialogue to reach a policy that is clear
and meets the needs of the community as well as the LAPD. I am very
pleased that we were all able to work together to create a new policy
that will benefit everybody concerned."
John Mack, President of the Los Angeles Urban League, attended the
meeting and expressed his support for the new policy and commended
the Police Commission for its diligence in taking positive steps
following the June 23, 2004 Southeast Use of Force incident.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 11, 2005:
Chief's Report: Chief McDonnell reported that the City's Emergency
Operations Center had been activated for the storm. He also reported
that an Amber Alert had been successfully resolved and the two-year
old child was back with his family. He outlined crime statistics
but cautioned that they were only for the first week of the year
and a comparison the first week of last year could be misleading.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that the Photo Red Light
item will be on the January 18th agenda. In addition, now that Lt.
Debra Kirk is retired, Detective Dan Debellis is the acting Commanding
Officer of Commission Investigation Division until a Lieutenant
Inspector General Andre Birotte reported that he will be submitting
a written plan and organization chart of his office in the near
future. The chart will reflect the recent significant changes in
Commissioners' Report: Both Commissioners Cunningham and Caruso
attended the Public Safety Committee Meeting regarding the possible
merger of LAPD and the Los Angeles Airport Police Department. They
stated that the City Council will need to act by February 11th to
place a measure on the May 17th ballot to remove a clause of autonomy
for the Airport Police. Commissioner Ochi provided a demonstration
of a portable translation device that can be used by officers in
the field. This item will be brought back for further discussion.
Commissioner Skobin attended the most recent Recruit Graduation
which was held at the Fire Department's Academy due to the storm.
He also represented the Commission at Lt. Debra Kirk's retirement
party. Commissioner Alarcon stated that her priorities for 2005
revolve around community policing, Senior Lead Officers, and Community
Police Advisory Boards. Commissioner Caruso's priorities are related
to placing and passing the Citywide half-cent sales tax measure.
The new Flashlight Policy was approved. This policy is the result
of a great deal of dialogue between the community and the Department.
The policy basically states that the use of a flashlight as an impact
device is discouraged. However, under exigent circumstances, and
when the use of the officer's baton is not feasible, the flashlight
may be used as an impact device.
Police Administrator Nancy Genusa provided a status report on the
condition of Parker Center and the progress of the new Police Administration
Facility. During the storm, there were numerous leaks in Parker
Center. Certain life/safety improvements are either going to be
done by an outside contractor or by General Services personnel.
The new facility is still in the early design stages and will probably
go out to bid for construction next year. Commissioner Ochi asked
that staff coordinate a meeting to review the feasibility of a recreation
center within the facility.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 4, 2005:
Lt. Debra Kirk was honored with praise and a certificate upon her
retirement from the Los Angeles Police Department. All Commissioners
commented on her integrity and intellect.
Lt. Kirk was instrumental in several accomplishments during her
tenure at Commission Investigation Division, however she will be
most remembered for her outstanding effort in leading the reform
of the Department's Burglar Alarm Policy. She has been an exemplary
employee, supervisor and friend, and she will be missed greatly!
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that year end statistics
will be presented shortly and that there was a decrease in shots
fired over New Years Eve this year.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that arrangements are
being made to have all 18 Community Police Advisory Boards make
brief presentations to the Police Commission in the coming year.
Inspector General Andre Birotte introduced Christina Nutting, a
new Special Investigator on his staff.
Commissioners' Report: All present Commissioners outlined their
goals for 2005. Commissioner Ochi's priorities are the Hate Crime
Task Force, the Language Cultural Task Force, management of the
Board of Rights process, and retaliation. Commissioner Skobin's
priorities are related to use of force and officer safety, the elimination
of red tape, traffic and transportation, interagency cooperation,
the Consent Decree and community policing. Commissioner Cunningham's
priorities include openness and accountability, TEAMS II, and the
intake of complaints. Inspector General Andre Birotte was directed
to outline an audit plan for TEAMS II within 45 days.
Connie Rice presented a status report on the Rampart Blue Ribbon
Panel. She stated that 190 interviews have been conducted so far
with individuals from numerous agencies. She also stated that her
report will be released after the Mayoral election.
Police Administrator Steve Johnson reported that the Department
was pleased with Cellmark Laboratory's acknowledgement and investigation
into an analyst's performance and subsequent dismissal. No LAPD
cases were changed due to the analyst's actions.
Special Investigator Christina Nutting has joined the Office of
the Inspector General. A transplant from Northern California, Christina
has worked at the Franchise Tax Board as an Investigator and at
the State Department of Justice as an Investigative Auditor. She
most recently practiced law in a private law firm. Welcome, Christina!
additional information on any of these items, contact:
For more information call (213) 485-3531. The City of Los Angeles
does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Sign language
interpreters, assistive listening devices and other auxiliary
aids and/or services are available upon request. To ensure availability,
all requests for reasonable accommodation must be made at least
three business days (72 hours) in advance. Please contact the
Police Commission at (213) 485-3531 Voice or (213) 485-9818 TTY.