Los Angeles City Councilman Howard Finn on Wednesday won council approval to use $30,000 from his office budget to beef up police patrols in his northeast San Fernando Valley district.
The money will be used to pay police overtime for two months so there can be a five-officer foot patrol in Pacoima on Friday and Saturday nights and a two-officer patrol car in Sunland-Tujunga every night, Finn said.
Although the expenditure was approved unanimously, West Valley Councilman Hal Bernson chided Finn and Councilman Ernani Bernardi for making other council members "look bad" by bringing their crime-fighting efforts to the public's attention while other council members do not.
Bernson said he has two staff members working full time promoting the Neighborhood Watch program to prevent crime in his district. But "we don't make a fuss out of it," he said.