State bill part of police turf war over LAX, other airports

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Last year, city voters said overwhelmingly they wanted to keep the LAWA force separate, and were surprised when the Police Protective League tried to undercut the Frommer bill. The measure would provide more training for LAWA police officers. “We think the LAPD is concerned that they will be losing a lot of money if our officers get more training,” one airport official said. “Since Sept, 11, 2001, officers working voluntary overtime have been paid more than $58 million by the airport. The LAPD is getting nearly $70 million a year from the airport. This is not about policing. It’s about money.” Money is on the mind of a lot of candidates running for office in the June 6 primary, with a series of fundraisers being planned in these final days to get the last bit of mail out to you. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, a fading long shot for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General against Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, is at least having some fun with his effort. The Los Angeles Airport Police are gearing up for a war with the Los Angeles Police Protective League over what many thought was an obscure bill dealing with officer training. Instead, AB 1882 by Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, suddenly is gaining a lot of attention as it has revived a long-fought turf war over who will secure LAX and the other city-owned airports. The LAWA police have been fighting the battle nearly every other year since convincing City Charter reformers to include language keeping them independent from the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD – and the Police Protective League – however, believe they should have broad authority for policing Los Angeles International Airport, leaving the LAWA police with little more than traffic-control duties. Delgadillo is having a “last call” on Friday at the Conga Room, featuring comedian Paul Rodriguez and actor Jimmy Smits. Tickets are $250 to attend the reception and $2,500 to attend a late-evening dinner with Delgadillo and Smits. For Brown, however, the race is all but over and he is looking ahead to November and the challenge from state Sen. Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno. At a $150-per-person Venice fundraiser last week, Brown touted his credentials to a group of longtime supporters. “There is no other candidate who can say they lived with Linda Ronstadt and worked with Mother Teresa,” Brown joked. He also told the group to expect a difficult campaign from Poochigian. “He will hit us with some stuff that will sting,” Brown told the group. Politics makes for strange dinner companions. One of the most sought-after raffle items at a recent benefit for the private Mayfield Senior High School was dinner with two of the more famous dads at the school – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and investment banker and longtime political activist Bill Wardlaw. Neither would say how much was bid for the dinner or who won the raffle. “It was for my daughter’s school,” Villaraigosa said. “You can’t say no to that.” What makes the dinner so fascinating is that Wardlaw and Villaraigosa have known and worked together – and against one another, politically – for years. It was Wardlaw who convinced former Mayor Richard Riordan to run for the job and it was Wardlaw who decided to back former Mayor James Hahn in his two races against Villaraigosa. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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