Maybe Mayor Tom Bradley and Councilman Farrell can help me out of my confusion. They are asking the residents of South-Central Los Angeles to pay an added property tax of $21 million to get 300 more police officers.
Now I may be wrong, but aren't the residents of that part of the city already paying property taxes to support police, fire, and municipal services? If taxation without representation is an injustice, couldn't the same be said about a double tax for the service that residents already paid for?
The police tax measure will appear on the June 2 ballot. Farrell conceived it, the City Council approved it, and Bradley endorsed it. The trouble is no one bothered to poll the residents of South-Central Los Angeles to find out if they minded paying more to get the police protection that they've already paid for and our entitled too.
There are other reasons why Farrell and Bradley are way off base on this proposal:
--There is absolutely no guarantee that the 300 additional police could be permanently assigned to patrol the streets of South-Central Los Angeles.