Workers for the Department of Water and Power recently won a 9% pay increase over four years, amounting to about $50 million. Los Angeles police officers are seeking a comparable increase in their wages. How do you feel about their demands?
* Rick Neal, private investigator
As a taxpayer I would say that the economy is in a state where we can't afford to pay them more, notwithstanding the fact that they probably deserve a raise like the rest of us. I would think that with the city being in the position it's in today, they (the police officers) would just do their jobs and wait until we're in a better financial position.
* Brooke Procida, USC theater major
I think the LAPD has a real hard job. I think that they're probably righteous in asking for a pay raise. Without knowing all the little details I can't say I would be actually in favor of doing it but I do think they are right in asking because of the nature of their job and because of what's been happening recently here in L.A. I came here from New York and people have this image of New York as being a hard place, but L.A. is very different from New York in a scary kind of way. There's a lot of fear in this city and I think the LAPD takes all the pressure and all the stress from people. I also think they are getting treated more negatively because of their action--or inaction--during the riots.