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May 4, 2012
Re "Treating a spending addiction," Opinion, April 30 I suggest that City Councilman Bernard C. Parks - who receives both a salary for his current job and, as a retired Los Angeles police chief, a pension - put his money where his mouth is and give up his double-dipping. Beyond that, Parks should really perform "public service" by proposing a ban on double-dipping. If an individual feels the need to spend his career in public service, it should be sufficient to retire on one pension.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A war of words erupted Tuesday between two Los Angeles City Council members vying for control of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In a blistering press release, Councilman Bernard C. Parks accused Councilman Curren Price and USC of "continuing what has become a petty retaliation effort" to force Parks out of the Fireworks Extravaganza he founded more than a decade ago. Parks said the university and some Coliseum Commission members have been at odds with him since he publicly opposed a deal giving USC control of the Coliseum, which he argued gave the community "little to nothing in return.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1997
Regarding "Parks Finally Gains Top Job . . . Now for the Hard Part," editorial, Aug. 6: Frankly, I am amazed by the amount of criticism Bernard Parks has received during this selection process. Many fail to realize that he lost the opportunity to be police chief when he was edged out by one point to Willie Williams five years ago. Finally, with the support of the Police Commission, mayor, City Council and many in the rank and file of the Los Angeles Police Department, the city has a police chief who is a stern disciplinarian, exudes leadership, has a good grasp of local politics and is a person who has a vision for the future of the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
A Los Angeles City Council member wants to allow owners who seismically retrofit apartment buildings to pass on the costs to tenants. Councilman Bernard C. Parks said he wants the city to explore exempting these apartment owners from the city's rent-control law as part of a larger effort by city officials to strengthen thousands of buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. Under existing laws, only 50% of the cost of major apartment rehabilitation projects can be passed through to tenants, Parks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks' bid for a third term in his South Los Angeles district once looked to be a lock. The councilman was elected with 78% of the vote in 2003, riding a wave of anger among black voters over his ouster a year earlier as police chief after 37 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. No one challenged him in 2007. And his two opponents in the March 8 contest have meager campaign treasuries and a fraction of his name recognition in the 8th District, which stretches from the neighborhoods around USC almost to the 105 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2002 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade after the Rodney King beating, the Los Angeles Police Department has become "by and large successful" in curbing misbehavior by following up on complaints, Inspector General Jeffrey C. Eglash has concluded. The Eglash report, released just two days after the forced retirement of former Chief Bernard C. Parks, gives a generally positive appraisal of many of the changes in LAPD discipline during his term and identifies areas in which improvement is needed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a memorial service filled with tears and laughter, Lori Gonzalez was remembered Thursday as a caring, giving woman who had a quick wit and prankster streak about her. About 300 friends and family members attended the service in the auditorium of Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, where Gonzalez had been a Sunday school teacher. Gonzalez, who lived in Mission Viejo, would have been 21 on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials of the Police Protective League are calling on the City Council to include a number of new provisions--ranging from flexible work schedules for officers to more civilian oversight of disciplinary procedures--in a consent decree designed to forestall the U.S. Department of Justice from filing a civil rights suit against the Los Angeles Police Department.
NEWS
March 12, 1997 | JIM NEWTON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For Bernard C. Parks, an out-of-the-blue phone call from Mayor Richard Riordan on Monday morning catapulted him back to a familiar place: the center of controversy's spotlight. In his call Monday, Riordan told Parks he intended to recommend that the Police Commission appoint him as interim chief of police, should one be needed to fill in for Police Chief Willie L. Williams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, in a highly unusual move, said Tuesday that they will file a slew of labor complaints against Assistant Chief Bernard Parks, the department's second-highest official and one of its most admired and feared leaders. Leaders of the league, the union that represents rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers, are accusing Parks of circumventing labor laws in a campaign to fill LAPD positions with female and minority candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Monday said Gov. Jerry Brown failed California taxpayers by ignoring his complaints about secrecy surrounding the deal that gave USC control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of its revenue. Parks said Brown and his representatives never replied to a letter the councilman sent the governor last June asking him to block the lease agreement between the private university and the publicly owned stadium. "They did not want to hear the information," Parks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Rosanna Xia
Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks submitted separate motions Tuesday calling on the city to review and make reports on the earthquake safety of the city's older concrete buildings. The motions follow a Times report on concrete buildings that were built before 1976. By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of the more than 1,000 old concrete buildings in the city would collapse in a major earthquake, exposing thousands to injury or death. INTERACTIVE: L.A.'s hidden dangers LaBonge's motion asks for the city's Department of Building and Safety to take the "first step" and report on possible ways to conduct "a comprehensive survey of non-ductile concrete buildings (built prior to 1976)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Surrounding himself with the City Council's three African American members, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti traveled Saturday morning to Leimert Park - the historic heart of black Los Angeles - for a rally in which he sought to galvanize support among black voters. Speaking before a crowd of just a few dozen people, Garcetti presented himself as a candidate with strong family ties to South Los Angeles, speaking about the barbershop his grandfather owned a few miles away. He also touched on issues that resonate with many black Angelenos, making references to crime and a debate over whether the park will be a stop on a future rail line.
OPINION
May 4, 2012
Re "Treating a spending addiction," Opinion, April 30 I suggest that City Councilman Bernard C. Parks - who receives both a salary for his current job and, as a retired Los Angeles police chief, a pension - put his money where his mouth is and give up his double-dipping. Beyond that, Parks should really perform "public service" by proposing a ban on double-dipping. If an individual feels the need to spend his career in public service, it should be sufficient to retire on one pension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
After weeks of accusations about secret meetings, backroom deals and real estate grabs, Los Angeles' push to draw new council district lines has returned to a well-known theme from previous remapping efforts: race. With a vote set for Friday on the new outlines of 15 council districts, two black representatives of South Los Angeles, upset over their proposed new political territories, are pressing a legal challenge on the grounds that race was improperly the predominant factor in redrawing boundaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Newly installed Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson engineered another shake-up at City Hall on Friday, stripping rival lawmakers Bernard C. Parks and Jan Perry of key committee chairmanships that had major influence over the city budget crisis and utility rates. The move is expected to widen the bitter divide between Wesson and the council's only other African American members, who are at odds with the council president over proposed new political district boundaries.
NEWS
February 12, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Police Commission's inspector general has concluded that police officers who shot and killed homeless woman Margaret Mitchell violated the LAPD's rules on shootings, a determination that contradicts Police Chief Bernard C. Parks' findings and threatens to ratchet up a building conflict between the chief and his civilian bosses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' public employee unions put their substantial political muscle into defeating their chief target, Bernard C. Parks, in the city election ? and found themselves trailing by a sliver as Parks was narrowly exceeding the tally needed to avoid a runoff. It was a rare setback for the city's most powerful political agents and one that spurred debate over whether, under fire nationally and in various states, the public employee unions had lost ground even in a favored city. As supporters celebrated around him early Wednesday, Parks insisted that he had won because he had been unafraid to blame what he views as overly generous employee pensions and benefits for setting the city on a path to insolvency ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks declared victory early Wednesday after results showed him narrowly avoiding a runoff by less than 1 percentage point in unofficial tallies. But his chief opponent, Forescee Hogan-Rowles, said she would not concede and would wait until all the provisional and remaining absentee ballots were counted. Parks, the former city police chief who was heavily opposed by organized labor, had to win more than 50% of the vote in Tuesday's primary to declare outright victory.
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