In what is probably his last Mayoral decision of any note (unless he resigns), Mayor Villaraigosa named Charlie Beck as the new Chief of the LAPD this morning.
The LA Times has a bio on the new chief. It is strange that Villaraigosa, who has been a creature of habit in automatically picking the minority from any pool of candidates, picked mainly white guys as finalists for this job. Curious.
What's most important for people who use City parks is whether or not the LAPD will commit to patrolling any of the problem parks in this City, and if so - WHEN? Beck supposedly has placed an emphasis on community policing during his career and we'd like to see a little of the well-financed love trickle down to some of the parks that need the most help.