Feb 252017

LAPD Doesn’t Enforce Immigration Rules

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson have taken issue with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s agents (ICE) misrepresenting themselves as “police” officers while conducting immigration investigations and enforcement. Our City’s leaders expressed their collective dismay and displeasure in a letter to John F. Kelly, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security and Susan M. Curda, Los Angeles’ District Director of US Citizenship And Immigration Services requesting immediate discontinuance of this practice.

ICE agents are not Los Angeles police officers and LAPD officers don’t enforce immigration rules. Los Angeles leaders strongly oppose ICE agents’ tactic of posing as “police” officers.

It has taken our city and Los Angeles Police Department 40 years to develop trust of all its residents, including documented and undocumented immigrants, which helps keep Los Angeles safe. Residents are not afraid to report crime. Residents come forward as victims and / or witnesses to crime. Los Angeles residents trust our police officers. Public trust is precious and shouldn’t be exploited for any reason.

LAPD doesn’t carry out Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s duties. ICE and LAPD are two separate entities.

With all due respect to DHS and its efforts to implement the President’s Executive Orders on Immigration, when ICE agents improperly identify themselves as “police” officers, the image of LAPD which became synonymous with protection and service is undermined.

Public safety in Los Angeles is important to all Angelenos regardless of their immigration status. Angelenos’ trust shouldn’t be compromised by any individual or organization (including a government agency) de-facto impersonating our police officers.

The President’s Executive Orders on Immigration affect only a fraction of Los Angeles residents, but the loss of trust in Los Angeles police force will jeopardize the safety of all Angelenos.




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Jul 102016

Rappers For PeaceIn the aftermath of recent killings in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, two black rappers – Snoop Dogg and the Game – organized and took part in a peaceful march of racial minority men on the Police Department Headquarters in Los Angeles.

The march was announced on Instagram and urged African American, Mexican and all other race men to leave their weapons and anger behind and stand united in delivering a message of unity, respect for human life and the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts between minority men and law enforcement.

The march coincided in time with a LAPD graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, a meeting was held which included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck as well as Snoop Dogg and the Game.

Snoop Dogg addressing police officers stressed: “Respect is key. Think about the person you’re pulling over and their family. Because that way, you’ll have more of a consideration of life and de-escalate as opposed to escalate.”

The Game, made a great point, saying, “The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton. As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that.”
He also said: “I took those police uniforms off of those police officers that met an untimely demise last night and I turned them into what they really are before they put them on, and those are human beings, like me and everyone standing here.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Beck expressed similar sentiment in regard to the need to address and resolve the recent racial tensions which resulted in the loss of seven human lives:
“We are all furious about what has happened to this conversation – that there is no dialogue, that it is becoming a screaming contest from opposite sides of the room. It can’t be that. The way to solve problems is to sit down, look them in the eye and work it out.”

It’s remarkable to see individuals from different walks of life getting together for a meeting of the minds. Peaceful dialog and immediate reforms are badly needed, but the dialog and reforms have to be based on the understanding that color, ethnicity and / or uniforms aside, we are all EQUALLY HUMAN.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich



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May 172014

California Is Losing Tens Of Thousands Of Middle Class JobsMayors from Across CA Support Effort to Expand California Film & Television Production Tax Credit Program Posted by Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti .

In a call for action to support job retention and creation in one of California’s signature industries, the mayors from California’s largest cities — Los Angeles, Sacramento, Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Oakland and San Jose – today signed a letter backing legislation that will expand and improve California’s film and television production tax credit. In the letter, the mayors assert, “Extending California’s film and television production tax credit program is a smart, prudent investment in California’s future and economic competitiveness. The program is one of California’s most efficient and proven economic development tools, generating 51,000 jobs and providing $4.5 billion in direct spending since its inception in 2009.”

The letter comes at a time when California is losing tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and significant tax revenue to other states and nations when it comes to film and television production. Of the 54 big budget feature films of 2012 and 2013, only one was shot exclusively in California. Further, the current program does not accord tax credits to network, premium pay cable or Internet television series produced in California, all of which are now being produced elsewhere. Given these realities, few understand better than the mayors who are on the frontlines working to keep their cities thriving, the economic benefits that film and television production brings to local economies and the serious financial impact of this exodus of jobs and revenue.

“This is about middle class jobs across our state,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “California’s current incentive program is not competitive — the demand for productions that want to stay here far exceeds the current program’s resources. As a result, hundreds of productions are forced to relocate outside of California.  By providing incentives for productions to remain or locate here, local employees are hired and the local economy is revitalized.”

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1839 by State Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), is currently making its way through the state Legislature with broad bipartisan and geographic support. It has been co-authored by 66 legislators from across the state, and is supported by major state labor and business groups such as the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO and California Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, an association of California’s 20 most influential business and economic development entities, also issued a definitive letter advocating for the bill’s enactment. Moreover, local government groups such as the League of California Cities and the 41 local film commission offices support the legislation.

“This is an economic development program focused on the retention and creation of jobs and economic opportunity,” asserts Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Enhancing the current program will help build a strong state and local tax base, and it is a wise strategic investment in California’s future.”

“A thriving film and television industry in San Francisco is creating jobs and economic opportunity for the residents of our world class city,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “This Statewide economic investment not only ensures that California remains competitive, but also brings an influx of local spending and tax revenue for the entire Bay

Area region and showcases our region to the world through the magic of the silver screen.”
The letter concludes with the mayors avowing that “to once again be competitive, California must put in place a meaningful, expanded credit that will bring back jobs, increase revenue, and support small businesses and vendors all across the state. Too much is at stake for the people of California to let this key industry slip away.”