In support of our Pacific Divison LAPD officers, your SoMar has acquired and provided Local Restaurant gift certificates for a free raffle being run by the Community Police Advisory Board and Pacific Boosters. Updated flyer:
The Police funding issue is creating more tension between our CD 11 Councilman and the LAPD. We in the neighborhood are likely to feel the effect of all proposed budget cuts including our public safety.
I am placing the Los Angeles Police Foundation viewpoint first as it includes several useful e-mail links and then after is the Councilman’s thinking regarding the City budget in total but at length on the LAPD budget.
|URGENT CALL TO ACTION.Earlier today, the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles released a report that recommends a reduction of approximately $52 million from the LAPD’s budget – IN ADDITION TO the $150 million cut the Department took earlier this year. |
The report recommends accomplishing this by laying off 596 sworn positions and 455 civilian positions. The impact of this would be CATASTROPHIC to public safety in Los Angeles.
These layoffs would have the following impact:Reduce the Department’s numbers to a level not seen since the early 2000s, despite having an approximate 67 percent increase in calls for service during that time.Force the closure of LAPD divisions, which would impact all aspects of community law enforcement services provided at the division level.Increase response times.Reduce patrol resources.Eliminate specialized enforcement for human trafficking, A Bridge Home, and traffic patrols.Impact the LAPD’s ability to effectively address Part 1 crimes, particularly at a time when the City is experiencing a drastic rise in homicide rates and shootings. Homicides to date have exceeded 300 – a number not seen in more than a decade.Reducing civilian personnel will significantly impact public safety services, including:Reporting services to the publicCrime scene processingConducting DNA analysisFleet vehicle maintenance and repair servicesRequiring sworn personnel to be moved from patrol to handle civilian functions WHAT CAN YOU DO:Contact members of the Budget & Finance Committee urging them NOT to adopt these recommendations, particularly as it relates to the LAPD:Budget & Finance Committee general email address: Clerk.BudgetandFinanceCommittee@lacity.orgPaul Krekorian, Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Chief of Staff)Curren Price, Vice Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Chief of Staff)Paul Koretz: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com(Chief of Staff)Bob Blumenfield: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Chief of Staff)Mike Bonin: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com(Chief of Staff)Contact your individual city councilmember and urge him/her to NOT adopt the recommendation to further cut the LAPD’s budget. You can find your local councilmember by using this link: https://www.lacity.org/government/popular-information/elected-officials/city-council.Forward this information to family and friends and ask them to send emails, too. Copyright © *2020* *Los Angeles Police Foundation*, All rights reserved.
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With the pandemic causing our regional economy to collapse, the City is in a severe and unprecedented crisis. In the next few days, the City Council is going to be looking at the potential for painful layoffs and deep service cuts.
There’s a lot of noise and misinformation spreading online, so I wanted to layout where we are, how we got here, what the options are, and answer some other questions about what the impacts might mean for you and your neighbors.
Where We Are
On Friday, City budget analysts issued a report showing that city revenues continue to plummet and that, halfway through the fiscal year, the City is facing a devastating $675 million hole in the budget. In addition to prior cuts and already approved furlough days for many civilian employees, budget analysts are recommending a series of drastic cuts, including potentially 1,894 layoffs. They are also recommending that the City delay equipment purchases, cancel capital projects, do short-term borrowing, and exhaust most of its reserves and rainy day funds.
The Budget & Finance Committee will be discussing this Monday, and the full City Council on Tuesday.
How Did We Get Here?
With the pandemic shutting down huge segments of the economy, City revenues have plummeted. The report ominously notes that “every revenue source has been impacted, and revenues tied to tourism, services, parking, and retail are at risk of further decline.”
This news comes as a public health crisis and widespread economic insecurity mean the needs and demands for services are greater than ever. And personnel costs have risen, fueled in large part by raises (approved prior to the pandemic) for many City employees.
Earlier this year, the City Council made significant cuts in many departments’ budgets, and authorized unpaid furlough days for many civilian workers. (Unions representing civilian employees objected, and then negotiated a package of different concessions, which reduced the number of furlough days, deferred sick pay, and significantly reduced staffing in many departments.)
Yet even with the benefit of some emergency federal funds earlier this year, those actions haven’t been nearly enough to close the budget gap. With a new round of Safer at Home orders going into effect and more business activity being curtailed, the City’s financial situation will likely get even worse.
What Are Our Options?
With the worsening situation, the significant cuts various departments made earlier this year are not enough. To deal with this crisis, the Mayor and the City Council asked the general managers of every department to prepare for a cut of 3%, and explain how they could do that. That was the basis for Friday’s report from our budget analyst.
Making budget cuts is always difficult and painful. We are nearly halfway through the fiscal year, which means making cuts is even harder. The impact of any cuts we make will be more severe, since they will be spread out over a much shorter period of time.
The majority of the City’s expenses are personnel costs. That means we eventually and ultimately face a choice about layoffs and furloughs — which translate into service cuts — or changes in salaries and compensation. They are all difficult conversations, and any change in salaries requires reopening collective-bargaining agreements, with the consent of our labor partners.
Many of our civilian employees have made salary and benefit concessions, and no doubt will be asked to make more, so I have been particularly focused on the need for the union representing our police officers (LAPPL) to discuss postponing their contractually-approved raises until we get through this crisis. It’s particularly important since the police union is our largest bargaining unit, and LAPD represents 50% of the City’s discretionary spending. Unfortunately, the police union has repeatedly refused to even discuss postponing raises, which narrows the budget options considerably.
Most of our city departments were able to come up with proposals to cut their budgets by 3% without restoring to layoffs. With most of its spending being on salaries, the LAPD was unable to do that, so budget analysts have recommended layoffs of 951 officers and 728 civilians. This will have a significant impact on neighborhood patrols, response times, investigations, crime scene processing, and DNA analysis.
The bottom line is that we can avoid layoffs if we defer raises. That’s why we need the public to encourage the police union to postpone raises. There is a lot of public debate about how to provide for public safety in our neighborhoods. If you are upset about existing or potential impacts on neighborhood patrols, we need the police union to come to the bargaining table.
But Hasn’t the LAPD Already Had a Budget Cut?
With crime on the rise — not just in Los Angeles, but in most large cities — some people want to claim that the cause is City officials defunding LAPD, effectively cutting patrols. That claim is false. The City has not defunded the LAPD.
Last year, the budget for the police department was $1.733 billion. This year, the budget for the police department is $1.721 billion. That’s a reduction of less than 1%. Hardly a defunding or a drastic cut. That cut is actually significantly smaller than a lot of other departments. By comparison, the agency helping renters facing eviction took a 10% cut, as did the Emergency Management Department. The agency that feeds seniors took a 7% cut, and so did the agency helping small businesses. The department that fixes streets took a 20% cut. (FYI – I voluntarily took a 10% pay cut several months ago.)
Some people like to claim that the City Council cut $150 million from the LAPD budget. That isn’t quite true. The proposed budget would have given LAPD a sizable budget increase. Instead of increasing the LAPD budget while cutting other programs, the City Council allocated $150 million elsewhere, to minimize cuts in services and to invest in disadvantaged communities. The difference in the LAPD budget year to year was $12 million, or 0.7%.
Even though LAPD got nearly the same amount of money it did last year, the department has cut neighborhood patrols. That’s because the department has to pay for the union’s raises. In effect, taxpayers are getting less for the same amount of money.
The LAPPL contends reductions in patrols have resulted in a rise in crime. There are likely many factors contributing to crime, and if the reduction in patrols in one of them, those reductions are the result of the union refusing to delay raises.
But Can’t We Cut the Budget Without Any Impact At All On the Police Department?
Some people argue we should cut an historic sum from the budget without even looking at the LAPD budget. That’s what the city did a decade ago, when it shuttered LAFD engine companies and drastically cut services. What many people do not realize is that the LAPD accounts for 50% of the City’s discretionary spending. That means that half the spending we can examine to address this crisis is the LAPD budget.
If we take LAPD’s spending off the table, that means even deeper cuts in programs that help renters, working families, seniors, kids, and small businesses. We would be cutting services to our most vulnerable neighbors in the middle of a public health crisis and economic collapse. And we would be doing so not to save police patrols — but to save police raises.
What Else Is on the Chopping Block?
Even with shared sacrifice from all departments, including the LAPD, the fiscal picture is grim. The recent report suggests cuts in fire department staffing, emergency management, and the agencies helping seniors, renters, and small businesses. It recommends spending less on traffic signals, street resurfacing and weed abatement. It recommends cuts that will mean a delay in street lighting projects, sidewalk repair, and other capital improvements.
Of the $675 million deficit, less than $100 million comes from layoffs, furlough, or salary adjustments. The report recommends that $259 million come from our reserves, $150 million from increased debt, $69 million from COVID reimbursements, and $103 million from other departmental budget cuts.
What Are the Next Steps?
There is still potential for additional relief from Washington. News reports suggest there is hope that Congress might approve up to $130 billion in relief to cities, as well as offer aid to individuals and small businesses. If approved, that welcome development would spare us some of the pain. But we don’t know how much money it will be, and when it will arrive, so we need to prepare and make some tough choices.
This report from our budget analyst will be in our Budget & Finance Committee Monday, and in full City Council on Tuesday. I will be fighting to prevent layoffs and some of the most painful service cuts, including to the Fire Department and to our response to emergencies and natural disasters.
This is a difficult moment. But Los Angeles has weathered crises before, and we will do it again. We are a tough town, with strong, resilient, and determined people. We will find a way forward — together.
Councilmember, 11th District
P.S. Even though many City facilities – including my offices – remain physically closed to the public, my staff and I are at work and available to serve you. If you want to reach us, please call 213-444-3508. It is a new central number that allows you to reach us even when my staff is telecommuting. You can also email us, and you can call 311 to request basic city services. We are committed to continuing throughout this public health crisis the work we do every day to help solve problems in our neighborhood. Please remember to check out https://11thdistrict.com/news/coronavirus-updates/ for up-to-date resources available to students, seniors, renters, homeowners, small businesses, workers and others in Los Angeles during this crisis. ShareTweetForward
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On December 10, 2020, the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Station along with The Boys and Girls Club and Reliant Urgent Care will be partnering to organize a toy drive for local community members and their families. This event will be very special because it allows everyone to come together and celebrate the Holiday season while providing for families in the most need.For past events, many local community leaders, businesses, and religious groups have taken the opportunity to express their appreciation to the officers and community members that serve the Pacific Area by offering a monetary donation to support the event. This show of support has always been greatly appreciated.
We would like to invite you to participate this year by donating a monetary donation of any kind. Any monetary donations made by check should be made out to “Pacific Area Boosters Association.” The Pacific Area Boosters PayPal can be found for online donations at http://bit.ly/pacifictoygiveawayThank you in advance for your consideration and/or donation. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a pickup of your donation, please contact via email Officer Brianna Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pacific Area Community Relations Office, 310-482-6397.Thank you for your continued support.
All of us at The Pacific Area Boosters AssociationThe Pacific Area BoostersThe Pacific Aea Boosters Association, as we call oursleves, is an organization comprised of community members, businesses and professionals who support the LAPD Pacific Division. incorporated in 1973 as a 501c (3) non-profit organization, the Boosters elicit community involvement in the continual campaign against crime.This program is an integral part of the overall effort to reduce all forms of crime and drug abuse and to give individuals a means of organizing to maintain a high quality of life in our community. .
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Three Los Angeles Police related notices with links below. Councilman Bonin will have a Zoom Meeting with Police Chief and a City Deputy Mayor on Monday November 16th. Please prepare some questions if they are allowed. LAPD Budget has been reduced. Click anywhere on the graphic or here to RSVP
Please consider donating to the Pacific Area Boosters non-profit to thank officers with a meal for their service who are working on Thanksgiving Eve and Day. I have placed their letter below the graphic. Any donation small $5.00 or large is appreciated and tax deductible. Click anywhere on the graphic or here
The LAPD Youth Services Officers supported by the Boosters are also following up last years successful fundraiser by selling and delivering to your door fresh Holiday wreaths, trees and other evergreen garnishes. The deadline for ordering is next week Nov. 16th. I have placed Officer Nadya’s letter below the graphic. These funds will help with their annual Toy and food Drive for underprivileged youth and families in our area. Click anywhere on the graphic or here
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“Officer Appreciation Thanksgiving Dinner”
It’s almost time for our annual Pacific Officer’s Thanksgiving Appreciation Dinner and we would love to have your support & participation!
Showing our support of our officers is more meaningful than ever this year! Our Pacific Division officers are the “best” in caring for our interests, never blinking through all the ongoing chaos. Let’s give them a wonderful showing of support & “thanks” with our appreciation dinner.
If you are not familiar with this event, members of CPAB (Community Police Advisory Board), members of the Boosters, and community volunteers put on a huge buffet Thanksgiving meal for our officers the day before Thanksgiving with lots of left-overs for those working on the day of Thanksgiving.
THIS YEAR due to COVID- 19 there are some snags. Food must come from commercial sources and very few volunteer are allowed onsite at the station.. What can you do? We welcome your support via financial donations of “any” size!
It’s easy to do … simply click on this link bit.ly://officerappreciationand again, “any” size, $5+ is welcomed. Your names will be included on a card for all officers to see and all donations are also tax deductible. 501(C)3 Nonprofit #95-3971193Please spread the word... our flyer is below as an image and via this link you can download a pdf version:.
Subject: Christmas Tree Sales
https://fundraiser4us.com/zz/PacificBoosters Hello Pacific Community, Hope that you and your families are doing well and staying healthy. We are reaching out to you because last year you were so kind as to order a Christmas Tree, Wreath, Swag or Garland for yourself or as a kind donation for a military family. To help you “Deck the Halls, “we decided to once again sell Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Swags and Garland….One Stop Shop!! This year to make it convenient, safe and contactless, all orders will be online. Avoid the crowded Christmas Tree lots and take advantage of having your purchase delivered to your front door, (nominal fee). If you would like to purchase a tree for your family, wreath, swag, garland or make a contribution toward a tree or wreath for a military family please click on the above link and you will be directed to the sales page. Order deadline is November 16th. We would like to thank you in advance for your consideration and support to the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or my partner, Brianna Brown email@example.com. Respectfully,
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