By Clark Baker
Retired LAPD Officer
Fatal blow to reform? Are you kidding? NCs were doomed from the start and only delayed opportunities to reform.
I was an LAPD officer during the 1990s when NC’s were first introduced. As one of five “complaint officers” I was assigned to handle councilmanic complaints throughout the San Fernando Valley and worked with nascent NCs as they popped up. Like “senior lead officers” (SLO), our real job was to keep the phones from ringing in the council and mayor offices. As long as we appeased angry constituents with lies and excuses, we could keep our assignments and extra 5%. But if we were honest and the phones started ringing before we promoted out, we were demoted and transferred.
NC’s operated in much the same way for the same reason. Gadflies and neighborhood advocates formed NC’s thinking they would finally have a real voice, but I knew they were nothing more than a variation of SLOs – self-important groups that were promised a pittance and a real voice in government as long as they kept the heat off of the local council and mayor. Except for a few moments of success, NC’s are little more than a way to make people think they had a real voice in government.
So now, after a little more than a decade, you’re upset that their political placebo didn’t work?
The problem is that Democrats have enjoyed a stranglehold in LA politics since the 1950s. The symbiotic relationship between the wasteful bloated unions that fund Democrats who protect the unions has resulted in the worst gangs, crime, pollution, traffic, public schools and taxes in the nation. The UTLA has been doing to our children what the UAW has done to the American auto industry. Look at what the unionists have done to our film industry. Even the LAPD union can be blamed, endorsing corrupt liberals who return the favor with undeserved high wages. LA cops then take their income to conservative communities outside of LA, far from the influence of LA’s pro-union/anti-community politicians.
Of LAUSD’s 80,000 union employees, 20,000 actually teach our 650,000 students while the rest pretty much generate $8 million in union dues each month. Compared to LA’s $7 billion city budget, LAUSD takes in $12 billion a year. But instead of generating $18,400 per child per year, barely $9000 actually gets to the child and the classroom – usually much less.
Have you heard the joke about the editor who boasts of diversity at the New York Times: “We have white liberals, black liberals, Jewish liberals, handicapped liberals, Asian liberals…”
So in a city where liberals have promoted a lie for my entire life (I’m now 51), what do you expect? As long as voters keep electing Democrats who rely on wasted tax dollars that translate into union dues that fund their campaigns, nothing will change. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.