Thursday, March 5, 2009

Councilmember Huizar Congratulates Voters for Passing Measure A

I want to take a moment to thank Los Angeles voters for passing Measure A, which will create an Independent Assessor position in the Los Angeles Fire Department. This position, which was first proposed by me and Councilmember Jack Weiss, will be appointed by the Fire Commission, which is civilian-run, and will help ensure that progress made in recent months in reforming the department will be consistent and sustained for years to come. By overseeing the department’s response to misconduct complaints, the Independent Assessor position will help reduce costly discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits and put the department's focus where it belongs: on the outstanding and brave work of the men and women of the LAFD. I also want to thank the department and the fire fighters' union for showing real leadership and courage and getting behind Measure A. Their support was key in getting it done. Thanks to all.