Bernard Parks joined the LA Police Department at a time when racism made life difficult for African Americans. While on the job, he earned a college degree at Pepperdine and a Masters from USC. When Chief Daryl Gates was replaced by an outsider, Parks bided his time but finally got the top job in 1997. Former Mayor Richard Riordan called Parks the -best police chief in the world,- but incumbent Jim Hahn didn-t agree, firing Parks after one five-year term. Now, Parks wants Hahn-s job as Mayor. Although he-s one of LA-s most visible public figures, Parks has fallen behind Hahn and other challengers in money raising and public opinion polls. What does he think of the LAPD under William Bratton? How would he be different from Hahn? What does revenge have to do with it? We speak with Bernard Parks in the second of our extended interviews with Mayoral candidates.
- Making News: LAUSD Bilingual Students Make Strides
Today-s morning papers had good news for the LA Unified School District. Children learning English as their second language made strong gains in fluency. For the first time in the four-year history of state-wide testing, they out-performed students in other parts of California. Roy Romer, Superintendent of the LAUSD, credits the progress, in part, to the shift to English-emersion.
California English Language Development Test
State School Superintendent announces significant gains in English learners reaching English proficiency
LA Times article on fluency of limited-English speakers
LA Times portrait of candidate Bernard Parks
LA Times Poll shows no favorite in mayoral race
LAPD release on juvenile who died in officer-involved shooting