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October 13, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Councilman Bernard C. Parks, the former police chief who is running for mayor, pointed to a rise in gang-related homicides as a sign that Mayor James K. Hahn is not doing enough to keep the city safe. Police said gang-related killings through August of this year totaled 212, compared with 180 for the same period last year. Parks says a Police Department schedule that allows some officers to work three 12-hour days is partly to blame.
October 8, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby has endorsed Bernard C. Parks in his campaign to unseat Mayor James K. Hahn, the city councilman's campaign announced Thursday. In a statement released by the campaign, Cosby said, "Bernard has walked the Los Angeles streets for over 30 years as a public servant, and he knows what it takes to make neighborhoods livable and safe." Parks served as the city's police chief before Hahn declined to back him for a second term.
October 12, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Councilman Bernard C. Parks, the former police chief who is running for mayor, said Monday that he plans to file a formal request for public records to compel Mayor James K. Hahn to reveal statistics on the deployment of police officers. Parks, who was pushed out of the Los Angeles Police Department by Hahn in 2002, said a policy that allows officers to work three 12-hour days means fewer officers are on the streets.
October 6, 2009 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon
Two committees of the Los Angeles City Council recommended Monday that the city stop hiring police officers starting next month and wait until January to see if the budget picture has improved enough to resume recruitment. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will veto the proposal if the full council approves it next week, officials in the mayor's office said. The Budget and Finance and Public Safety committees agreed to discontinue a new recruit class in November as part of the effort to eliminate a $405-million budget shortfall.
December 9, 1998 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Police union director Dennis Zine filed a lawsuit Tuesday against LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, alleging that he acted unfairly in removing an officer hearing charges that Zine had sexually harassed a female officer.
September 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The newly formed North San Fernando Valley Community Foundation, along with Cal State Northridge, will host a discussion Tuesday with new Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks. Organizers said Parks will be the first of a series of speakers brought in by the fledgling group, which was established to "give voice to people in the north San Fernando Valley." Parks will speak at 7 p.m. at the CSUN Performing Arts Center, 18001 Nordhoff St.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks has thrown his support behind a package of new gun-control measures, including requirements that dealers sell trigger locks with each gun and take fingerprints of those who buy ammunition. The measures were proposed by Councilman Mike Feuer, who said he hopes the laws will help reduce gun violence and help police investigate shootings.
March 8, 1992
As we rush to reform the LAPD, we must be ever vigilant that fairness prevails for everyone. Currently we are embroiled in selecting our next chief of police. One of the things that is troubling our membership is why are we using the old Civil Service process? Especially when the Christopher Commission recommended that this process be changed and which will be on the June ballot. The old system favors the inside candidates by giving them one seniority point, which the outside candidates are not entitled to receive.
May 31, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
With days to go before Tuesday's election, the hot contest for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is sending volleys of attack brochures to voters' mailboxes. Both main contenders in the nine-candidate field are experienced leaders. State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) served on the L.A. City Council before being elected to the Legislature, and Councilman Bernard C. Parks was previously chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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