Trash fee plan met with mixed reaction

first_imgPolice Chief William Bratton, who supports Villaraigosa’s plan, has been working political circles to beef up the number of L.A. cops, which now stands at 9,200. But recruitment efforts over the last few years have fallen short. Many would-be officers are being lost to the military, others can’t meet basic skills tests and and other law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting from LAPD ranks. Bratton said by setting aside money specifically for hiring, the force could improve recruitment and eliminate hiring freezes that discourage applicants. Barbara Whiteside, a 71-year-old homeowner from North Hollywood, said the argument hardly convinced her. “How can we know, that this is actually going to get us more cops.” The increase would take effect in July, bumping the monthly trash fees from $11 to $18, then to $22 the next year and up again to $26 the next year and capping out at $28 by 2010. [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe proposal would raise $127 million by 2010 and would be earmarked for more cops. But Villaraigosa said he can’t guarantee the City Council – which must ultimately approve the plan – would not alter his plan. Still, some Sun Valley homeowners – who have been watching the politics of trash for years – praised the idea as a long-overdue solution for an area facing a spike in crime. Though overall, violent crime fell from 2005 to 2006 in the northern portion of Sun Valley, the southern area has seen a rise in violent crime. Manuel Sanchez, a 61-year-old retired aerospace worker, said that public safety is a top priority. “What is a few dollars? We spend that money on things every day anyway. We need more police and we just don’t have enough.” SUN VALLEY – Less than a mile from the Bradley Landfill, residents reacted with mixed emotions to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposal to more than double homeowner trash fees to pay for 1,000 police officers. Under the plan, fees would jump from $11 to $28 by 2010. “It stinks,” said Michael Andre, a 53-year-old retired shipping clerk and lifelong San Fernando Valley resident, who said he’s been frustrated for years by the city’s trash policy. “There is no guarantee that this money is not going to be used for the police. It can go in some politician’s pocket.” last_img read more

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