* "We're Paying for Voters' Haste in LAPD 'Reform' " (Commentary, Jan. 9) widely missed the mark by failing to understand the voters' wisdom in passing Proposition F.
Those who lament the people's 1992 decision to remove the chief of police from civil service status disagree with ending what amounted to the chief's having permanent tenure without the mayor, City Council or the people being able to remove the chief unless he did something flagrantly illegal. They claim these reforms have "politicized" the selection process, as though the word "politics" were inherently evil and not, in fact, the way a representative society operates.
Proposition F was about accountability. The Rodney King incident and the self-examination the city and its police underwent afterward were the ideal milieu for instituting accountability.
With a police chief not answerable to the people or their elected representatives, Los Angeles had a police chief who could not be fired. It did not matter whether he was performing badly or just plain mediocre when the city needed someone outstanding. Can you imagine a corporate president not accountable to the board of directors and the stockholders?