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Old Adversaries Plaguing Bernie Parks

The Los Angeles Police Protective League does not like Councilman Bernie Parks. They released a scathing brochure last week stating that Parks "took 1,000 police officers off our streets"--something the LA Times reports in its news section, not on its op-ed page--as not true. The LAPPL has also upped broadcast media efforts against the Councilman, who was once LA's top cop before his City Council gig.

This is one of the odd races in which the challenger candidate represents the entrenched interests inside City Hall and the incumbent is a long-standing agent of City reform. Because of his fiscal conservatism, Parks has made enemies of lots of union and status quo interests in the City, while challenger opponent Forescee Hogan-Rowles is a CRA crone and DWP apologist.

Retiring Councilman Greig Smith tells the Times that if Parks were to lose to Hogan-Rowles, "the city of Los Angeles will go bankrupt."