City Council Votes Down Tax Hike to Pay for Police

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Everybody agrees that the LAPD needs more cops, but the Los Angeles City Council recently has twice refused to give voters a chance to increase the sales tax so 1200 more officers can be hired. Councilman Villaraigosa, who-s running against Mayor Hahn, says, -It is about mayoral politics.- Hahn says Villaraigosa, as well as Councilman Jack Weiss, should be recalled. That-s because voters in their districts gave more than the required two-thirds vote to a similar measure that failed county-wide. At a time when the black community is seething over last week-s police killing of a 13-year old boy, we revisit the issue. We hear from Councilman Weiss, Councilmen Martin Ludlow, who voted to put the sales tax measure on the city ballot in May, and civil rights attorney Connie Rice, co-director of the Advancement Project.
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Councilman Greig Smith on new taxes for more police

Los Angeles Police Department

Chief Bratton's LA Times article on the cost of reform at LAPD

Los Angeles Times article on Council's failure to pass sales tax measure

Measure A (sales tax increase to fund police, 2004)

Aryan Brotherhood

Duersten's LA Weekly cover story on the Aryan Brotherhood



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton