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UNFORGETTABLE: “When I put my word to it, you can take it to the bank.”

That’s what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday at a hurriedly called press conference that he had miraculously found nearly $1 million to pay for testing of semen stored in the nearly 7,000 rape kits that have piled up because City Hall didn’t have enough money to hire lab technicians.

I don’t want to be overly harsh about the mayor’s audacity in boasting about how he keeps promises but maybe the operative word might be “bank” since we all have learned in recent days that they can’t be trusted and are subject to failure.

But let’s not get lost in the question of breaking promises. The issue is untested rape kits and it was put in perspective just last week by City Hall’s persona non grata, Controller Laura Chick, who in a scathing report riled up the public by exposing just how negligent city officials have been in investigating rape cases.

Given the abhorrent nature of rape and other sex crimes, the report prompted the mayor, Police Chief William Bratton and the trio of ambitious City Council members — Jack Weiss, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti — to hold a press conference in time for the evening TV news to announce $950,000 was suddenly available for the LAPD’s crime lab.

Noticeably not invited to the event was Chick for reasons that should be obvious: If she’s going to embarrass City Hall for rolling up a deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars and not solve the most basic problems, then she won’t get invited to the self-promotion party.

The mayor, under whose leadership police requests for adequate crime lab funding were turned down, declared the city has a “solemn obligation to seek justice” when crimes are committed and he now has found the political will to fulfill his duty.

“When I put my word to it, you can take it to the bank,” the Daily News quoted him as saying.. “If you are a rapist and you think you got away, forget it.”


Bratton was humbler, saying, “I’m not proud of the fact that when I came here,
we had a backlog of 2,000 cases and despite the reductions in rape,
we now have 7,000 cases. Now we can deal with it.”

And he was skeptical of the support from the mayor and council, expressing “hope the political commitment being made here today continues in the next several years.”

The Times
pointed out there was good reason to question whether there was any
substance at all to the posturing, which he described gently as
“rhetoric.”

“The proposal is not a panacea and does not guarantee that the LAPD will
have the funds it needs to process the entire backlog of roughly 7,000
cases, authorities acknowledged,” the Times said.

“Even if approved, the plan would still
fall about $900,000 short of what is needed to keep pace with new
crimes and meet the LAPD’s goal of clearing about 2,500 of the older
cases this year. Also, at least $4.2 million in additional funds would
be needed in coming years to fill 20 more analyst positions and
continue the contracts with outside labs. LAPD and city officials
expressed hope that the shortfall could be made up from private
donations and increased federal funding.”

Private
donations for the police crime lab? Isn’t that a basic service we pay
taxes for or maybe they mean they want the victims of rape to pay for
the tests under the city’s full cost recovery policy for public
services.

And the federal government certainly is going to
increase funding for local police what with wars all over the place and
a $1 trillion cost of saving the country from another economic
depression.

Or maybe the state could pay the city’s bills if
it weren’t about to rob school kids of their educations in order to
cover its own profligate spending.

So I guess we’re going to
have to trust that somehow City Hall will find the money when it starts
slashing city services in the spring to cover the $400 million shortfall in
next year’s budget.

Hey, you can take the mayor’s word for it, you can take it to the bank.

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15 Responses to UNFORGETTABLE: “When I put my word to it, you can take it to the bank.”

  1. Sandy Sand says:

    Which bank is Villaraigosa banking on that we can take it to?
    The bank, bank?
    Sperm bank?
    Sand bank?
    Bank of America?
    Piggy bank?

  2. In Eagle Rock says:

    Yes, indeed, Antonio.
    “Take it to the bank”, to the sperm bank, Antonio, and get a refund, a full refund.
    Applying a Firesign Theater bit that reflects the situation:
    [character] says, “What kind of fool do you think I am?”
    The reply, “A perfect one.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Laura Chick did nothing but regurgitate, in an expensive “audit,” what the Public Safety Committee (especially its head Jack Weiss) has been saying for over a year. They’d worked to generate momentum on the matter, got LAPD on board with a commitment to solve the problem, developed a specific plan and analyzed resources and problems that needed to be resolved, etc.
    Laura Chick’s sudden “discovery” of this issue and calling a conference to act horrified is nothing but self-serving, and Greig Smith is absolutely right to denounce her as knowingly throwing officials who’s been working on the issue with their sleeves up for a long time, under the bus. David Zahniser in the Times’ article today references this, and in a recent article in Daily News, Rachel Uranga details why it’s been a lot harder to solve the backlog than desired by those like Chick yelling it should be as fast as on CSI — her article is a lot more useful than Chick’s taxpayer funded “audit.” Which she only did because the Public Safety Committee, mainly Weiss and his advocacy group, raised enough public awareness that the rest of Council and Chick couldn’t ignore it any longer.
    Your active hostility to the point of refusing to acknowledge the facts when anything to do with Weiss come up is hilarious. Like with billboards, one-ways and other traffic solutions he’s worked on that are advocated by RAND and the West L A Traffic Study, etc. etc. Just like a small group of people who you’ve associated with in a self-referential circle, who will jump in here to make the obligatory denouncements, facts be damned. By contrast, the faith that Chick is always prescient and can do no wrong just feeds into her own personal ambitions.
    She may be right to use the visibility and bully pulpit of the Controller’s office for certain issues, but she’s surely not the selfless saint and lone horse fighting the status quo at City Hall that you and many conservatives make her out to be. Whether it’s Zine with his “motion” with his name on it and paparazzi “law,” Smith, the Mayor, Janice Hahn with her prop tax for gang programs, Cardenas with his gangs and elephant sanctuary idea, Rosendahl, Garcetti, Reyes with housing, Alarcon with his mansion tax and other notions, or the rest, politicians use their names to champion ideas and plans. In this case Smith claims she’s even worse because she’d done no work on the issue, chooses to ignore the work of those who have, and claims “credit” for “discovering” the problem anyway (having managed to ignore some very public efforts by others, in fact).
    In this case, the media and public were just pushing the Mayor and Council to hire more cops, to put “every penny of the trash fee hike” toward that, and in fact denounced them for spending money on related police expenditures like this. Some even denounced Chick’s audit on trash fee hikes for not denouncing the Mayor. Now suddenly there’s a realization that some money spent toward getting rapists off the street is just as important. Public opinion is definitely a vital component of getting this slow “machine” of government moving in the right direction on any issue, so let’s keep it real and try to keep bias against certain people from further obstructing solutions. The quality of life in our city is more important than any of these people individually or our pet biases.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “The quality of life in our city is more important than any of these people individually or our pet biases.”
    You folks have a perfect vision of what comprises “quality of life in our city” don’t you?
    It seems people like you constantly defend and support the bureaucracy and mayor and city council – so I guess you mean “quality of life for us” and the people should put up and shut up.
    You are very much mistaken, however, we want our money’s worth and are letting you know that we are very unhappy with the entire operation you defend while the rest of us are to blame. Ha!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    10:14 is Jack Weiss.
    Duh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You can not expect a mayor with 3 things on his mind == cameras, sex, and illegal alien law breakers to keep his focus on these matters he has recruited Bratton to carry out his same agenda ( let the illegals run our city , have illicit sex (adultry) then smile for the cameras as the city goes to hell in a hand basket. Mayor is building new schools and swaztnegger is closing them. People are losing their homes and stupid Villa is tearing down last resort housing for the very poor. when Chick and the rest of the roosters wake up and crow it will be to late.

  7. Anonymous says:

    4:01, the Mayor has CHAOS on his mind. That is how you control the masses — chaos and fear. Control is what it is all about.

  8. Anonymous says:

    4:06 you’re probably RIGHT

  9. Anonymous says:

    You’re all sick. Antonio is supposed to go out for the cameras. He is the mayor of our city and that is part of his job. so, let’s hope he likes cameras. That was one of the pluses when we elected him. Remember – Hahn didn’t like cameras?
    To the Mayor –
    Go Antonio. Continue to bring us foreign trade money.
    Prove that you don’t want to “turn us into Mexico”. I think you want us to be the best that we can be.
    Any chaos in your brain is submitted and left there by your anti-supporters. Ignore them. You are the winner of the next mayoral election!

  10. Anonymous says:

    12:55 am you’re probably up late helping illegals come in or sneaking around with boy villa in an elevator visiting his whores —you are the one sick if you don’t see this place as mexico and if you think this chump will be mayor again. stupido

  11. Anonymous says:

    I remember a time when Antonio’s word was good. After he became too good for those who helped elect him, his word became worthless. And this guy actually gets bent out of shape when people now demand he deliver on some of his campaign promises. He acts as if the people whose eyes he looked into and made campaign promises are unrealistic or negative.
    No Antonio. We used to be your friends. We just expect you to keep your word or go down fighting for what you said you would do. This is how we lost the South Central Farm.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I remember a time when Antonio’s word was good. After he became too good for those who helped elect him, his word became worthless. And this guy actually gets bent out of shape when people now demand he deliver on some of his campaign promises. He acts as if the people whose eyes he looked into and made campaign promises are unrealistic or negative.
    No Antonio. We used to be your friends. We just expect you to keep your word or go down fighting for what you said you would do. This is how we lost the South Central Farm.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I remember a time when Antonio’s word was good. After he became too good for those who helped elect him, his word became worthless. And this guy actually gets bent out of shape when people now demand he deliver on some of his campaign promises. He acts as if the people whose eyes he looked into and made campaign promises are unrealistic or negative.
    No Antonio. We used to be your friends. We just expect you to keep your word or go down fighting for what you said you would do. This is how we lost the South Central Farm.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Actually poster at 12:40, I was actually at work checking email at 12:55 AM last night. Right now it’s almost 3 AM and I am on break. I sit at a computer from midnight to 8:30 AM and I have nothing to do with helping illegals, nor am I sneaking around in elevators looking for whores. I don’t see anything in Los Angeles that resembles Mexico, except for the racists in the San Fernando Valley spouting off about anchor babies and other crazy stuff. You actually believe that illegal immigrants get some kind of government assistance and that is so wrong, it’s funny. Plus the immigrants who abuse our pittance of a governmental assistance system the most is Russians and Armenians. You would have to work nights in a hospital to see that though. That would quash all of your warped beliefs.
    By the way, even though I’m whiter than white, I obviously know more than you do about Spanish. If you knew Spanish (or anything about the culture or language instead of being a stupid white man), you would know that the real insult is estupido, not stupido.
    I’m glad you showed your true colors though. You’re nothing but a worthless name caller and you wonder why nobody takes any of you seriously.

  15. Anonymous says:

    YOU STEP ON A DOGS TAIL AND HE WILL BARK EVERYTIME. DEAR WHITER THAN WHITE
    THEY ARE ON THE ROLLS IN SECRET BECAUSE SOME OF THE ILLEGALS HAVE JOBS ALREADY AND THEY HELP THE OTHERS GET THRU THE SYSTEM STUPIDO !!!!!!!!!!
    ANCHOR BABIES ARE A REALITY AND MANY AREAS LOOK JUST LIKE T J THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR KIND.

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