Public safety is the number one priority of most Los Angeles residents, as reflected in conversations in his travels around the area. The Los Angeles Times said the mayor reported ont he conversations in a speech to members of about 100 Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils.
Calling the councils “a revolution in city government,” he praised their success at making voices of their communities heard. That is especially important, he said, with the city facing a deficit of about $187 million.
Hahn expressed concern about Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vow to repeal the increase in the vehicle license fee. Almost all of the $4 billion that would be returned to motorists supports city and county public safety, including police and fire departments. If the increase is eliminated, “and the state doesn’t replace it in some other way,” the mayor said, there could be serious consequences for the city’s fire and police departments.
Yesenia Aldaco, treasurer of the Vermont-Harbor Neighborhood Council, echoed the mayor’s concern about public safety. “That is the No. 1 issue,” she said. “Especially for our area.”