Bravo! Your editorial (April 11), "Bradley's Mandate," regarding Mayor Tom Bradley and the manner in which the current Civil Service system has a stranglehold on all of us in elected office in Los Angeles, is on target.
It's not as though we haven't made an effort to change our Charter to make our employees more accountable for their job performance. On several occasions, the voters have turned us down by narrow margins when we tried to modernize the Civil Service system.
You suggest that the city contract out with the private sector to do the job of bringing our zoning and master plan into consistency. Some people reading your editorial might think the suggestion was made tongue-in-cheek. The reality is that this is precisely what the city has been doing in recent years when city departments, for whatever reason, have been unable to do a job, and it infuriates me.
We have contracted with private consultants to review our taxicab system, even though we have a Department of Transportation that is responsible for taxis. We contracted with a private consultant to study ways to modernize our parking management system, even though we had three departments responsible for that--the Police Department, the City Clerk, and the Department of Transportation. The City Council recently proposed to contract with a private planning firm to update the plan that governs Westwood Village. And, there are many other examples.