Letter To The Editor
Posted by Jay Handal II on Feb 27, 2005 - 8:24:00 PM
Shame on the council 6!!!
The decision by the six
council members not to let the voters decide on a new sales tax to employ new
police was wrong and disheartening. I am angry, not because I believe any of
the six are anti police, but rather because of their reaffirming their lack of
trust in the voters' decision making, most of whom voted them into office.
The excuses were pitiful.
The campaigning by Mr. Villaraigosa was improper for a council discussion. Do
we forget who took our money and who was there to vote the money away from the
city? Should we be reminded that this is the first mayor to do more than say we
need more police? A mayor who actually brought forth a plan... It is too bad
his timing was wrong-he did it in an election year with two council members
running for his seat. Politicizing our safety is wrong. As a business
owner on the Westside who has had two take-over robberies in the past six
months, with 15 minute police response time, it is very obvious to me we need
more police. Surrounding cities have made public safety a priority, as has now
Mr. Hahn. It is too bad that one vote could not be mustered up to allow the
voters to make an informed decision. Not even the one vote after an impassioned
plea from the son of a murdered store owner in Councilman Weissï¿½ district--the
councilman who was a federal prosecutor yet proves to be inattentive to his
constituents and soft on crime. I hope the voters look very carefully at this
upcoming election, including those council seats up for election, and choose
the candidates that welcome our votes, always, not selectively.
Jay Handal II
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