Councilman Jack Weiss has gambled his political future by hanging out in the Antonio Villaraigosa’s back pocket for years in hopes the mayor’s coattails will carry him into the City Attorney’s Office despite his lackluster record of achievement and public service.
The other day the Daily News editorialized on City Hall’s “lack of political will” to get rapists behind bars because it hasn’t found the money to clean up the “backlog on the lab work it needs to do on DNA samples from 7,100 rape victims.“
The editorial said “saber-rattling from headline-attentive politicians” like Weiss are guilty of political posturing instead of getting the job done. “Weiss has the bully pulpit to push the issue, but he hasn’t followed through” to get the $10 million needed for DNA testing.
Today, Weiss responds with a letter to the editor:
Re “Lack of will” (Our Opinions, Aug. 19):
It’s disappointing that the Daily
News’ coverage of the DNA backlog has been limited to one story and one
editorial, because DNA is a constant priority for me. As promised,
every week I lead a discussion in the Public Safety Committee on the
DNA backlog and cold hits, but like the rape-kit backlog, these
hearings haven’t gotten the attention they deserve. For six years, I’ve
made DNA a priority. Just in the past year, I got crime lab staff and
found funding for outsourcing 400 backlogged rape kits. Last year, I
gave the LAPD $100,000 from my office staff budget to test 100 rape
kits because this issue is and always will be a high priority for me.
- JACK WEISS,
Los Angeles City Council member
A feisty, frequent commenter, Louise Clarke Stone, called the letter to my attention and offered her own letter to the editor:
I am shocked — I tell you — shocked.
Jack Weiss reads the newspaper and actually responds to something other
than his cell phone? Weiss must have actually attended a Council
meeting and, as usual, was bored with the public comment portion of the
meeting. I guess this is a demonstration of Jack Weiss throwing down
the gauntlet in his bid for the position of City Attorney. Well, Mr.
Weiss, as usual, I am underwhelmed with you. The City has put up with
Rocky for all these years and now you think you should get your chance
– no way. You have been allowed to insult the “public” of the City of
Los Angeles for too long already. I vote “no on Weiss for LA City
Attorney” and encourage others to do the same.– Louise Clarke Stone