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When I got home late last night, instead of posting, I’m afraid I collapsed into a useless puddle of exhaustion And am at UCI all day today. But a couple of things before I go.
First, everyone in LA (or who who cares about LA, or who once ever even vaguely drove through LA on their way to Las Vegas) must, of course, listen to the interview with outgoing chief, Bill Bratton, by Stephen Colbert.
Colbert asked: How hard was it to transition from one police stereotype in one city to another police stereotype in another city?
Bratton didn’t miss a beat: “From Jack Webb in Los Angeles to Andy Sipowetz in New York…?”
Anyway, it’s short and fun to watch. (McGruff the Crime Dog is mentioned)
Colbert: Why don’t you just become chief of police everywhere?
Bratton: “That’s what I’m trying to do with my new job.”
Speaking of new jobs, on Thursday, our new, nearly-chief-of-police Charlie Beck was on Patt Morrison’s show.
It’s a lovely interview. He sounds excellent. Beck talks again about how he will be “roots up” not “top down.” Bratton brought a lot of change to the department.
“Now it’s time to move those changes deeper down in the organization.” Yep. All true.
But much more—too much for me to randomly quote here and do it justice. Just listen.
But, while we’re on the subject, why is he still our new not-quite chief? Why in the world can’t the city council just confirm him over lunch today?
ONE MORE THING…. Kevin Roderick’s LA Observed segment on KCRW airs this afternoon. It isn’t up yet, but check back later as he’s going to be talking about Charlie Beck.
(How do I know this? A. Because Kevin’s a pal, and B. because called me for a Beck-related chat on Thursday.)