LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to put $100 million, cut from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) budget earlier this year, toward community programs in underserved neighborhoods.
During the summer, city council approved Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recommendation to defund the LAPD by $150 million.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) November 28, 2020
According to CBSLA, $40 million has already been diverted to address the city’s budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic and $10 million went to an “unappropriated account.”
The LA city council voted unanimously today to put $100 million, which was cut from the LAPD budget earlier this year, toward community programs in underserved neighborhoods. https://t.co/UXwO2W9H2f
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) December 10, 2020
CBSLA also reported that within the remaining $100 million, the city council approved $10 million to fund the Summer Youth Jobs program for children in underserved communities and $1.8 million for a newly created Civil and Human Rights Department.
The remaining $88.2 million will be distributed throughout all 15 Council Districts based on need and income disparity. Council District 9 in South Los Angeles is the highest-need district, and Council District 11 is the lowest-need district.
Exactly. Black & brown communities need quality health education and better access to low cost family planning sources.
— Revenge Black (@RevengeBlack2) December 10, 2020
Referencing the protests against police brutality earlier this year, Council President Nury Martinez told CBSLA:
“This year we saw a national and local call for change in our disenfranchised communities of color.
“We listened to our black and brown communities as they asked for more resources, the same resources they see in affluent communities and are easy to take for granted unless you’ve had to push a stroller through dirt in the dark, unless you live in a garage and your kids rely on parks as their only play space.”
What special resources do the kids in Palisades have, that their parents aren’t buying, that kids in “tough” neighborhoods don’t? The fact we refer to them as “tough” neighborhoods is the problem. take money from police, and the neighborhood will get less tough?
— Farid (@faridx78) December 10, 2020
On Dec. 7th, a key committee of the Los Angeles City Council narrowly approved a proposal for scaling back the number of police department employees whose jobs could be targeted for elimination amid the city’s growing financial crisis.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the council’s Budget and Finance Committee took up a proposal from the city’s top financial analyst to begin preparations for the layoff of as many as 1,900 employees, the vast majority of them at the LAPD.
City Administrative Officer Rich Llewellyn previously advised the council members to approve all of his budget-cutting proposals as a single package to ensure they would close a deficit projected to reach $675 million by June 30th, the end of the fiscal year.
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The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing roughly 9,800 LAPD officers, issued a letter calling Llewellyn’s proposal for the LAPD “reckless and unnecessary.” The union also requested that council members use unspent coronavirus relief funding provided by the federal government earlier this year.
It is not clear why Los Angeles has not yet spent money it received from the federal CARES Act, which provided funds to assist the city during the pandemic.
In a letter to the committee, police union president Craig Lally said the cuts would “decimate the LAPD for at least a decade.”
During the virtual meeting, Councilman Paul Krekorian called for his colleagues to scale back that list by nearly two-thirds and find savings elsewhere, perhaps at other city agencies.
“Councilman Paul Krekorian called for his colleagues to scale back that list by nearly two-thirds, and seek to find savings elsewhere — possibly from other city agencies.”
“the police will be defunded when city budgets aren’t funded” sounds clever but… https://t.co/3rMD5FTwNF
— Obie Trice (@chadstanton) December 8, 2020
Krekorian, who heads the committee, recommended taking the number of sworn officers whose positions were targeted for elimination from 951 down to 355, and the number of civilian positions in the police department from 728 down to 273, according to Los Angeles Times.
Krekorian’s proposal passed on a 3 to 2 vote, with Councilmen Curren Price and Mike Bonin opposed.
Price argued that every city agency needed to take a 3 percent cut, saying the LAPD should not be provided a “different kind of standard” on balancing the budget.
Councilman Price released the following statement following today’s vote: pic.twitter.com/ZXCDdAjvdG
— Curren D. Price, Jr. (@CurrenDPriceJr) December 10, 2020
Bonin favored reducing the number of potential layoffs, but only if it was accomplished by making other reductions at the LAPD, and not cutting other agencies, a spokesman told Los Angeles Times.
A public records request reveals that LA city councilman Mike Bonin, who voted to defund LAPD by $150 million, has called LAPD to his home 8 times since 4/4/20, including to provide extra patrols and protection from peaceful protesters at his house. https://t.co/Z6yhJ8XKM4
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 8, 2020
The committee’s deliberations followed more than an hour of testimony from members of the public who called into the virtual meeting. Several callers pleaded with the committee to shield workers at the LAPD and the city’s animal service department from job cuts.
Hypocritical Los Angeles city councilman, Mike Bonin, voted to defund LAPD; yet he called LAPD to his house 8 times in 4 months for extra protection. We need to abolish Democrats, not police! #DemocratsTheEnemyWithinhttps://t.co/Ietg90ViH7
— White/Asian Catt (@CattHarmony) August 10, 2020
One resident, Martin Beck, expressed concerns about eliminating hundreds of police officers in a city already experiencing a spike in homicides and shooting victims. He said if 950 police officers are cut from the force, “we’ll have anarchy.”
Los Angeles officially recorded 300 homicides as of Sunday, reaching a mark not seen since 2009, after Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to defund the police by $150 million, including cuts to the homicide division. https://t.co/Gxy9JaJwwD
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 24, 2020
Beck also said:
“We’ll have such a dangerous city that people will take the law into their own hands, and we don’t want that. We need the police to keep our city safe and secure.”
Escape from LA was a movie, now possibly in the future, going to be a reality. pic.twitter.com/qN9SAAXQ6q
— Faelan (@faelanatlife) June 6, 2020
However, other members of the public disagreed and said there should be deeper cuts to LAPD.
According to Los Angeles Times, one caller said police “do not keep us safe,” and another said LAPD just wants “security for themselves because they are of a certain class, a certain race.”
Hollywood resident, Gina Viola, who owns a temporary employment agency, complained:
“They’re called after a crime is committed. They don’t even prevent crimes. They can’t even solve crimes without the financial assistance of the public.”
It will be interesting to see how the city council’s decision to defund and reduce the police will impact the crime rate. Will redistributed funding to underserved communities slash the crime rate more effectively than a robust police department would?
Only time will tell.
In other police-related news, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, has introduced legislation that proposes California police officers would have to get a bachelor’s degree or turn 25 before starting their careers.
Currently, California law allows people to become police officers at age 18 and does not require a college degree.
— Alexandra Marshall (@ellymelly) July 2, 2020
In a Dec. 7th press release, Jones-Sawyer said the proposed legislation could help reduce the number of times police officers shoot or hurt people.
Jones-Sawyer, who is chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, suggested that people who lack a college degree are prone to a “propensity for violence” unlike college-educated folk. He told ABC7:
“When we look at the data, the data shows when someone is college educated, their propensity for violence, goes way down.”
‘COLLEGE’, actually seems to be like ‘boot camp’ for Antifa!
Our entire educational system starting in pre-school all the way thru
to ‘college’ is built around ‘liberal/pc brainwashing’ & not education!
— Germ (@edseyger) August 23, 2020
Jones-Sawyer also implied people are not fully developed or mature until age 25:
“These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves.”
Jones-Sawyer told ABC7 that studies show older or more educated officers are less likely to use excessive force and says the move could also reduce spending for departments on lawsuits.
That’s sad. @greggutfeld he was doing his job. I’ve seen many fellow soldiers that have met the same, doing their job. When I was a DI; before 911, many soldiers joined for college Education. Never finished their education after 911. DEM/LIB don’t care. BLM/ANTIFA don’t care! https://t.co/oAFZJBGtY7
— NChase (@NChase1775) October 26, 2020
According to ABC7, 18 other states already have a college education requirement.
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