- Newsmaker: Police Union Responds to Mayor Hahn on Chief Parks
As LAPD Chief Bernard Parks nears the end of first term, the Police Protective League has already begun campaigning for his replacement. In a letter to League President Mitzi Grasso, Mayor Hahn criticized the union for being divisive and unwilling to work with Parks. Grasso defends the rank-and-file-s disclosure of departmental problems, pledging that the union will continue to seek creative solutions for public safety issues.
Proposed Expansion at the Port of Los Angeles
The LA City Council and its Harbor Commission have approved two new wharves for China Shipping, Ltd. Each would accommodate 300 ships every year and thousands of diesel trucks to move cargo in and out of the massive facility. To the city, the expansion means a lease worth 650 million dollars. To residents, it-s hundreds of ships and thousands of trucks spewing fumes into San Pedro and Wilmington, which already suffer some of the worst air in Los Angeles. We speak with homeowners who claim they-re being stonewalled; the head of the Harbor Commission, who-s accused of approving the project without sufficient environmental review; and the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, which has filed a lawsuit to review the project.