City Announces Meetings to Help Select Police Chief: We Need a Plan

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Yesterday, the City announced the details of their outreach strategy to gather public input on the qualities that Angelenos want to see in their next police chief.  In early September, the city will hold four public outreach meetings in the Valley, South L.A., the Westside and, as Zach Behrens notes, near the Eastside.

As Livable Streets advocates, we need to be vocal in the coming weeks about what we want in a police commissioner but to do that we need a message and a plan.  We’ve all seen some ridiculous mis-enforcement of the law when it comes to cyclists or pedestrian issues.  Some of them, like the LAPD’s botched reporting and bungling defensive follow-up concerning the hummer assault on Andres Tena have been reported on Streetsblog.  Others, such as the time a DWP truck struck and killed a cyclist in a crosswalk that resulted in no arrests because the "cyclist was going the wrong way in the crosswalk," were not.

I haven’t heard of an organized effort to make certain that the new police chief is a hawk on traffic justice and ensuring safe streets, so I’m starting one on my own.  I’ve set up a Livable Streets Discussion Group here so that we can figure out a message, an outreach strategy and make sure we follow-through with that strategy.  Anyone can view our discussions, unless the group decides to close our discussions, but to contribute you need to be a member of the Livable Streets Network.  Don’t worry, it’s not hard to sign-up, follow the instructions here.

For those that want to testify at these hearings but don’t want to join the party, a list of all the dates is after the jump.

September 2, 2009 Friendship Auditorium
6:30 pm 3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027

September 3, 2009 Department of Water and Power
Community Auditorium
6:00 pm 4030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90008

September 9, 2009 Felicia Mahood Senior Center
6:30 pm 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025

September 10, 2009 One Generation
6:30 pm 18255 Victory Boulevard
Reseda, California 91335

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