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Defeat of Proposition 1

June 15, 1985

Your postelection analysis of voters' rejection of more police officers correctly addresses the property tax consideration, but you ignore the greater issue of citizen satisfaction with present performance. Will additional police officers mean greater protection, or will it mean more of the same?

The issue of whether taxpayers wish to subsidize throngs of female officers in plainclothes, disguised as prostitutes, up and down Sunset Boulevard, has never been surveyed, except perhaps at the ballot box. Of course, that type of police patrol is far safer than preventing muggings.

STUART LUBIN

Los Angeles

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