Category: Public Safety

Creek Fire: 95 Percent Contained; 60 Homes Lost

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Firefighters continued to make progress overnight, bringing the 15,600-acre Creek Fire to 95 percent containment

The Creek Fire was 95 percent contained Monday after destroying dozens of homes and scorching more than 15,600 acres, and full containment was expected later in the day, authorities said.

The upgraded containment figure from 90 to 95 percent was reported by Cal Fire Sunday night.

The wind-driven blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday. Over the weekend, more than 1,700 firefighters continued to patrol the area in Sylmar and improve lines of cleared vegetation.

The fire has destroyed 60 homes and 63 outbuildings, damaged another 55 homes and 26 outbuildings, and scorched 15,619 acres, Cal Fire reported. Currently, 2,500 structures continue to be threatened.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Tuesday.

On Friday, all evacuation orders were lifted at 6 p.m. Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday affected about 150,000 households citywide, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said “thousands upon thousands of homes” had been protected over the past few days.

All roads have reopened, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch’s horses.

Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on Los Angeles’ Westside — a total of 265 district schools and charter schools — were closed through last Friday. They have re-opened today.

The Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Has Begun

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The City has engaged in a massive Sidewalk Repair Program in part to repair and upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps adjacent to City-owned pedestrian facilities, so that they are compliant with applicable accessibility requirements.  Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed, as well. Additionally, the City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the administration of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and its objectives.

In order to do this, the City must engage in an environmental review of the project. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and the anticipated scope of the Environmental Impact Review, are available for public review and comment at the following website: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process.

Ways to provide input:  Read more »

BE ON THE LOOKOUT – DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO IT IS

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NORTH GRANADA HILLS AREA ALERT

Residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Zelzah and Rexbon (North of Rinaldi).

The incident occurred on today’s date at approximately 3 pm.

Consistent with the “knock-knock” burglary method the resident answered the door and was confronted by the suspect who stated he was looking for his workout partner named Anthony.

When turned away by the homeowner the suspect pulled a hoodie over his head and fled in a Black Range Rover that was staged nearby.

Noteworthy is that it appears the suspect used an electronic jamming device to interfere with the residents Ring Alert system and as a result the incident was not caught on camera.

The suspect is described as a young Male African/American 16/22 yrs with a secondary vehicle (Black SUV) also staged across the street of the residence.

Please remember to always lock your doors, remain vigilant, work with your neighbors and be highly suspicious of strangers knocking on doors.

The “knock knock” method obviously refers to individuals ringing the doorbell as well and, as in most cases, when confronted by the homeowner these individuals will use a lame excuse as to why they are there.

In today’s event, in particular, I have no doubt the homeowner prevented a residential burglary from occurring.

LAPD SLO D. DEL CORE

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ALERT 03/24/16, NORTHERN GRANADA HILLS AREA

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There have been several Residential Burglaries in the past week within a mile range of Frost Middle School (area of Bradford/Nugent) and in the residential neighborhood just North of Louise/Rinaldi. These incidents have occurred within a wide time spectrum, between 7:30 am and midnight, with a couple of confirmed night time incidents.
Locations were all single family residences and all homes were accessed by smashing a glass window or door. Most prominent property taken has been money and jewelry.
Therefore, please:

  • Take every precaution in securing your property and be highly aware of your surroundings.
  • Look for vehicles and activity which is unusual for your neighborhood.
  • Take the time as you go in/out of your home to scan the street; you are looking for something that looks out of place. It could be a parked vehicle with people just sitting in it, an unfamiliar vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway or a pedestrian going from door to door.
  • If you see this type of activity pay attention and evaluate the situation.
  • The question is “what do you think is going on?” If you suspect criminal activity don’t hesitate and phone the police right away. It is better to err in the side of caution than to let a potentially dangerous situation develop without reporting it. Use 911 for all emergencies and crimes in progress. Use the direct dispatch line for all non-emergency calls by dialing 1-877-275-5273.
  • Everyone should have the direct dispatch number on their cell phones. Do not call Devonshire Desk or any other number to get police response. You should only be using 911 or direct dispatch, depending on the urgency of the situation.
  • Don’t confront or expose yourself to danger.
  • Don’t leave your front door open or unlocked but do announce you are home if you get a knock on the door.
  • Don’t store excessive valuables in your home and record serial numbers of all electronics, firearms etc. Do take photos of you jewelry.
  • And finally be sure to remove any garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

Visit www.crimemapping.com to track crime in your area.
Be safe and please share this information with your neighbors.

LAPD SLO DARIO DEL CORE

Your 2016 Granada Hills North Neighborhood Newsletter is Now Available

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This year, we filled 8 pages to create the most informative newsletter we’ve ever created.

Some of the topics addressed include:

  • Robocalls
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Neighborhood Council Elections
  • A New Project at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill
  • Illegal Sign Posting
  • Neighborhood Watch News
  • and Aliso Canyon Gas Spill Updates

Click here to download the 2016 Newsletter, or just read it below.

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Preparing Your Home For El Niño

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What is El Niño?
El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others.

When are the heavy rains expected?
In Los Angeles, the normal wet season happens between October and February. The peak of our wet weather for this El Niño is expected to occur between December 2015 and February 2016. After four years of drought and wildfires, much of the land across Los Angeles is incapable of absorbing large amounts of rain, increasing the potential for flooding and mudslides.

What are the effects of a strong El Niño winter?
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rainfall this winter, especially to the southern tier of the United States. The intensity and duration of rainfall in the coming months could lead to devastating floods, mudslides and debris flows, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought or areas scarred by past wildfires.

How can you get ready for El Niño?

  • Know your flood risk. Flooding is the costliest and deadliest disaster in the US. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flooding. Decide if flood insurance is right for you.
  • Pay attention to the weather and to any advisories or warnings related to winter storms.
  • Get free emergency alerts sent to you via text, voicemail, or email by registering at NotifyLA.org, the City of Los Angeles official emergency alert system.
  • Keep streets and gutters clear before and during storms. One plastic trash bag can block a storm drain and flood an entire street.
  • Get a kit and make a plan. An emergency kit stocked with food, water, flashlights, and extra medications and batteries will help you weather the storm.
  • Fix poorly draining or leaky roof tops.
  • Check your windshield wipers and brakes, replace if necessary.
  • Never try to drive through a flooded roadway. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or disable your vehicle.

We encourage all Angelenos to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system to find extensive information about storm and emergency preparedness. Once an individual registers, they will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts only if their geographic area is impacted by an emergency. To register, go to www.ElNinoLA.com.

Governor Brown Issues Order on Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

Governor Brown Issues Order on Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

SACRAMENTO – Given the prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and at the request of residents and local officials, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation that declares the situation an emergency and details the administration’s ongoing efforts to help stop the leak. The order also directs further action to protect public health and safety, ensure accountability and strengthen oversight of gas storage facilities.

Earlier this week, Governor Brown met with Porter Ranch residents and toured the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, including the site of the leak and one of the relief wells.

Today’s proclamation builds on months of regulatory and oversight actions from seven state agencies mobilized to protect public health, oversee Southern California Gas Company’s actions to stop the leak, track methane emissions, ensure worker safety, safeguard energy reliability and address any other problems stemming from the leak. Actions include:

  • The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services established an Read more »

Claims Info for Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

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To report a smell from the Aliso Canyon gas leak, call the SoCal Gas Company at (800) 427-2200 and call the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) at (800) 288-7664 or go online: http://www.aqmd.gov/contact/complaints.

For residents who wish to relocate, the SoCal Gas Company is providing free, temporary housing accommodations, including locations that can accommodate residents with disabilities and people with access and functional needs. For residents with pets, the SoCal Gas Company has arranged pet-friendly locations. To receive temporary housing accommodations, call 404-497-6808.

If you feel you have suffered illness, harm or injury as a result of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak incident, call the SoCal Gas Company Claims Department at 213-244-5151, or fill out the online form at https://www.socalgas.com/about-us/claims.

For information regarding students and attendance inquiries, contact your child’s home school and their administrator. For Porter Ranch Community School, call (818) 709-7100. For Castlebay Lane Charter School, call (818) 360-1908. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – Northwest Local District will also have information regarding this issue, go to www.lausd.net.

Holiday Message: No Cooking Grease in Drains

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In preparation for the holidays, L.A. Sanitation is asking people not to pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain. This can be damaging not only to pipes in the home, but also to outside sewer lines.

LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil for recycling at our S.A.F.E. Centers. The oil will be recycled for fuel and energy.

Pouring oil down the kitchen sink or drains can clog up your house plumbing and sewer pipes and may cause sewage backups and overflows. Let’s take care of our environment as we celebrate the holidays by recycling our fryer oil.

Make sure the oil is in a closed leak-proof container (such as the container from the store) and take it to one of our six S.A.F.E. Centers listed below. Please limit to 10 gallons or less. All centers will follow normal days and times of operation.

NORTH VALLEY
Nicole Bernson S.A.F.E. Center
10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST VALLEY
Randall St. S.A.F.E. Center
11025 Randall St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

NORTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES
L.A.-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center
4600 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90030
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

HARBOR
Gaffey St. S.A.F.E. Center
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Washington Blvd. S.A.F.E. Center
2649 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

PLAYA DEL REY
Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center
7660 W. Imperial, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

Please note that no oil will be accepted from businesses, and that the UCLA S.A.F.E. Center located in West Los Angeles, 550 Charles E. Young Dr. West, will not be accepting cooking oil. If you do not bring household fryer oil to the S.A.F.E. Center, please put the sealed container in your black bin.

S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Centers collect those items all year long, so bring them with you! For more information, please visit www.lacitysan.org or call 1-800-773-2489.

Click these links for PDF flyers in both English and Spanish. This message is relevant to holidays in both November and December.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

So Cal Gas Advisory

UPDATE: THE ALERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FAMILIES NO LONGER NEED TO STAY INSIDE.

Alert from the Gas Co: During activities to stop the flow of gas from a leaking gas storage well, there was a release of oily mist into the air, and oily liquid to surface. Quantities are unknown, and the release is ongoing. It started approx. at 1:17 pm Friday November 13. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re asking residents to stay inside until further notice.

Well-control experts are pumping a heavy brine solution into a leaking gas storage well at the Aliso Canyon facility near Northridge, CA. The weight of the liquid acts as a stopper to stop the flow of gas. The liquid is being pumped into the well under pressure, and resulted in an oily mist that has floated into the air and may float over neighborhoods. The liquid is a mixture of brine water and oily residues from the gas storage field. Based on the information we have at this time we do not believe these materials pose a threat to public health.

Aliso Canyon Leak Updates

Help Keep the Street Lights on in Your Neighborhood

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There has been a significant increase of copper wire thefts targeting the city’s street lighting system in various neighborhoods, causing street lights to go dark for a period of time. If you observe a wire theft in process or see any suspicious activity around street lights, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

How to determine what is official city work on street lights and what isn’t?
  • The work is valid if there a yellow Street Lighting maintenance vehicle on the street. The vehicle should have a city seal, the words “Street Lighting” on the doors and the word “Exempt” on its license plate.
  • The work is valid if there is street lighting staff working on a light. They will be wearing and orange vest, hard hat and city identification.
  • The work is valid if it is being performed by Bureau of Street Lighting contractors working on streetlights. The names of their companies will be identified on their vehicles.
  • Anything else is suspicious and should be reported by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Click here for an English- and Spanish-language flyer to pass out in your neighborhood.

Police Warn Angelenos About Phone Scam Operation

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The LAPD is alerting the public about a recent rash of phone scams that seek ransom for taking family members hostage.

According to the police, the victims are contacted by a suspect who states they are holding a family member hostage. The caller then demands money to be wired, threatening they will kill or hurt the hostage. The scammers then advise the victim withdraw money from an ATM and send send it via wire services.  Other variations of the extortion include the caller contacting miscellaneous businesses for “protection money.”

Below are crime prevention tips from the LAPD to avoid falling victim to this scam:
  • Incoming calls made from an outside area code or country;
  • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line;
  • Calls do not come from the victim’s phone;
  • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “Kidnapped” victim;
  • Multiple successive phone calls;
  • Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer;
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason;
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited; and
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to someone you do not know.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 800.222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 or go to “webtips” on LAPDOnline.org.

City Aims to Cut Annual Traffic Deaths by 200

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More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.

Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.

The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.

The mayoral action sets up a steering committee consisting of mayoral, police, fire, public works and county public health staff that will target areas most in need of safety upgrades. Those officials are to report back on Dec. 1 with suggestions for cutting traffic fatalities 20 percent by 2017. Read more »

Stop Calling 911. It’s the Forest Fire You’re Smelling.

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911 Dispatchers are being inundated with people calling because the fires in the Angeles National Forest and Simi Valley smell so close.

People around the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills, Studio City and Mount Olympus are smelling smoke and calling 911 thinking there is a wildfire near them, says the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.

However, it is just smoke from the Rustic and Cabin fires, says Humphrey. Humphrey urges people to seek a presence of flame if its safe to do so before calling 911.

A brush fire raced through dry vegetation in the hills north of Glendora today, scorching about 900 acres in the Angeles National Forest, destroying four cabins and sending thick smoke into the air. Read more »

Be Ready for Summer Heat Waves

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Temperatures reached over 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley last week before cooling off. More heat waves will come this summer, so be ready!

During extreme heat, the City opens up hundreds of facilities to be utilized as cooling centers, including Senior Citizen Centers, most Recreation and Parks facilities, and City Libraries. They offer residents cold water, and a place to rest indoors in the air-conditioning. For more information on where all the cooling centers are located, call 3-1-1 or click here.

Senior Centers: (213) 202-2700 or visit http://www.laparks.org/dos/senior/senior.htm.

Libraries: (213) 228-7000 or visit http://www.lapl.org/branches/.
Recreation & Parks Facilities: (213) 202-2700 or visit www.laparks.org.

TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT:

Drink plenty of water:
If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat. Avoid the sun from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm when the sun’s burning rays are most intense. Reduce physical activity. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light- colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid hot, heavy meals and alcohol. Drink Gatorade or other non-caffeinated drinks with electrolytes. If you do not have air-conditioning, visit one of the City’s public pools or go to a public park to sit in the shade. Go to a shopping mall. You do not need to purchase anything, and there are plenty of places to sit.

Be Aware of Symptoms of Dehydration and Heat Stroke:
Symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. To learn more, click here.

Never Leave Pets or Kids Unattended in a Vehicle:
Leaving a child or a pet in a closed vehicle on a hot or sunny day, even with the windows cracked, can be fatal. On hot or sunny days, the temperature inside a car can be 50 degrees hotter than outside.

Heat Wave and Other Emergency Information:
UpdateLA : http://www.updatela.com/
ReadyLA: http://www.readyla.org/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/readyla
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readyla
Emergency Management Department: http://www.emergency.lacity.org/

-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District

Breaking The Cycle Dealing With Domestic Violence

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Hello Devonshire Community,

I want to inform you about a growing concern in our community regarding Domestic Violence. Devonshire Division is experiencing a 62% increase in Aggravated Assaults, which includes Domestic Violence, Road Rage incidents, Battery, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon, just to name a few. Most of these assaults are Domestic Violence related.

Domestic violence is more than just a “family problem;” it is a crime. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recognizes that domestic violence is a major problem in Los Angeles County and throughout the United States. Each year, more than a million women are the victims of domestic violence, and one million children are physically abused.

In California, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault or otherwise harm another person, even if they are married. Battering is not exclusively a crime against women, but they are the majority affected.

One of every two families in the United States is involved in domestic violence at some time. Domestic violence is a repetitive pattern in people’s lives. Victims or witnesses of domestic violence in childhood are most likely to repeat such acts as adults.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, now is the time to start thinking about protecting yourself. Calling the police, telling a friend, or contacting a shelter is the first step. Please don’t wait until it is too late. Many studies show that an uninterrupted cycle of violence only worsens over time. Hotlines and shelters are there to be used and counseling is available. It’s as close as a phone call and it’s free.

Domestic Violence: Emergency Referral Services and Hotlines Los Angeles County (800) 978-3600

Los Angeles: (213) 686-0950

San Fernando Valley: (818) 501-4447

TDD: (800) 660-4026

LA Rape and Battering Hotline, LACAAW (213) 626-3393 or (310) 392-8381

Southern CA Coalition on Battered Women (213) 655-6098

Take care and be safe!

Sr. Lead Officer Parker

Los Angeles Implements Citywide Hit-and-Run Alert and Reward System

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This Wednesday, Councilmember Mitchell Englander joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles Police Department’s Captain Philip Fontanetta, and hit-and-run victim and founder of Finish the Ride Damian Kevitt to announce the implementation of a hit-and-run alert system throughout the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed my motion to direct the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department and the Department of Transportation to implement a hit-and-run mass notification system in the City of Los Angeles using existing technology platforms such as Nixle, Twitter, and Facebook.

Councilmember Englander thanked Councilmember Joe Buscaino for submitting companion legislation, also unanimously passed in Council on Wednesday, directing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to offer a standing reward for the apprehension and conviction of those guilty of committing a hit-and-run crime.

Los Angeles and its surrounding communities are in the grips of a hit-and-run epidemic. The LAPD records approximately 20,000 hit-and-runs each year. Nearly half of all vehicle crashes in the City of Los Angeles are hit-and-runs, compared with the national average of 11 percent. Last year, there were 27 fatalities and 144 severe injuries due to hit-and-run crimes. On average LAPD was only able to solve 20% of the cases. Hit and run crimes are especially difficult to solve because often there is little or no evidence and no witnesses.

Currently, the State is considering the Yellow Alert System, which would broadcast similar information on hit-and-run crimes. The Yellow Alert models the Medina Alert system implemented in the State of Colorado. Similar to the Amber Alert system, the alert will be issued for a specific hit and run incident to the public on highway signs and through the media. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council passed Councilmember Englander’s resolution to support California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 8 which would authorize law enforcement agencies to issue a “Yellow Alert” if a person has been killed or seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident and there is a reliable description of the vehicle.

Knollwood Plaza Signal Activation

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Last week, GHNNC was proud to join Councilmember Mitchell Englander, community members, and stakeholders in activating the new traffic signal at the Knollwood Plaza.

The Balboa Blvd-Knollwood Plaza Driveway project added a traffic signal and vehicle entrance/exit to the Knollwood Shopping Center. Secondary work added new curb and access ramps that will provide safe passage to the center for pedestrians. The project’s undertaking is unique in that the local community and business owners of the Knollwood Plaza were instrumental in achieving its success. Without their support, this project would not have come to fruition.

Click here to view the E-Video of the project’s groundbreaking.
Click here to view photos of this event.

Los Angeles Police Commission Grants Chief Charlie Beck Another Five-Year Term

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Los Angeles: Today, Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated the following:

Today, my fellow Commissioners and I completed the process of reviewing Chief Charlie Beck’s request for a second five-year term, and we granted him that request in a 4 yes and 1 no vote.

We received a great deal of help in our decision making process, and that help came from the people of Los Angeles. I want to thank each and every person who sent an email, wrote a letter, or came out to a community meeting to let us know exactly what they want, need and deserve in their Chief of Police. These comments made an impact on each of us and we are very appreciative for the assistance.

This process lasted approximately three months and included numerous interviews with Chief Beck. During those interviews, Read more »