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  • Issue: Minority Recruitment Still Lacking at LAFD

    CityWatch

    Date: Jan 23, 2015 

    More outreach is needed to increase the number of women and minority firefighters in the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to a report released Thursday by a Santa Monica-Based think tank. 

    Female athletes and recent military veterans belonging to a minority racial group, such as Hispanic, Asian and black, should be targeted for recruitment, Rand Corp. researchers recommended in the 150-page report. 

    Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the $270,000 study from Rand last year in an effort to improve the city’s firefighter hiring process amid criticism that the LAFD’s recruitment tends to favor relatives of existing employees, resulting in less diversity. 

    The Rand report also suggests that city leaders increase the fire department’s budget for recruitment efforts, which are currently being carried out by four individuals. (Read more here.) 

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Enabler In Chief

DEBATE TALK - Wednesday night, Mitt Romney talked about what he wanted to talk about and Barack Obama talked about what Mitt Romney wanted to talk about. No wonder liberals are depressed today.

It is true, as Salon’s Alex Pareene says, that Jim Lehrer asked questions that suggested “domestic policy” is an arid and narrow space where deficit reduction and maybe one or two other things trump almost anything else. But why did Barack Obama cede that ground to both Lehrer and Romney, with barely a desultory defense of what he stands for?

Both campaigns had essentially been appealing to their bases — Romney because he was pinned down by the Republican primaries and subject to ongoing purity tests, Obama because hope and change don’t really work for an incumbent and because Republican obstructionism and extremism left few other options.

If liberals spent much of Obama’s first term griping that he was bringing a knife to a gun fight, they were energized by a campaign that wasn’t afraid to attack Mitt Romney at the same time that it made an affirmative case for basic liberal values, at the convention and elsewhere.

And, crucially, they were galvanized by spotlights on just how radical elected Republicans are these days, from Paul Ryan making Ayn Randian cruelty mainstream to Todd Akin bringing the crudest anti-abortion talking points out of the bottom drawer. (The rest of Irin Carmon’s take on The Debate here.)
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CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 80
Pub: Oct 5, 2012

 

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