- Reporter's Notebook: How Local Leaders Are Dealing with the Crisis - California's elected officials have received high marks for their response to natural disasters and civil disturbances. What should they do when disaster strikes far away, but still has a stunning local impact? Joel Kotkin and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, who both write for many publications, assess the performance of Governor Gray Davis and LA Mayor James Hahn.
Commission Approves Flexible LAPD Work Schedule
As a candidate, Mayor James Hahn promised LA police officers a flexible work schedule even though Chief Bernard Parks didn't like it. Today, Hahn's new Police Commission unanimously approved it despite concerns by some city council members over whether it will improve public safety or police morale. Cindy Miscikowski, who chairs the City's Public Safety committee, has concerns about the proposal. Dennis Zine, former president of the Police Protective League, says the time has come to implement the long-overdue plan.