On Monday the City's Arts Parks Health Aging & River Committee had an item (cf# 12-0899-S1) on their agenda asking the Department of Recreation and Parks for an update on the challenges facing the Park Rangers.
I gotta say before delving any deeper into
those issues in another article is that Tom LaBonge is simply ..... .... help me here.
Nuts? Distracted? ??
At Monday's hearing, LaBonge insisted not once but three times that the
job description of a Park Ranger must include that they gotta pick up the trash. This is tantamount to adding the job of trash collector to someone with a college degree whose job currently encompasses being a peace officer, firefighter, wildlife officer, naturalist, and urban wilderness park manager. Crazy.
Um, wow. If the complete ignorance of who Parks Rangers are and what they do ain't a textbook example of one of the challenges facing the Park Ranger Division, I don't know what is.
Listen to the audio of this hearing here (item 2).