“There is no way that the City of Los Angeles can keep up with serving the needs of the people when it takes an average of 135 days (4 and 1/2 months) and a minimum of a dozen steps to hire one person, and that’s just the reactionary part it takes to fill a vacancy. But anticipating public and workforce needs is not part of the picture,” [Chick] said in a statement. She goes on to describe that there is no strategy to efficiently hire new employees and that city hall insiders often get extra points on their applications just for serving the city the longest, even if they are not qualified.
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Laura Chick is, in fact, California’s very first inspector general. It’s a position similar to to her current post as city controller, only there’s a lot more cabbage involved. Chick will be overseeing the disbursement of California’s $48 billion share of the federal stimulus package funds. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger showed astonishingly good sense, both in creating the post and assigning it to Chick. From the LA Times:
The governor, who created the $175,000 job by executive order, dismissed questions about whether the position was necessary when financial shortfalls are already causing state employees to be furloughed. “Laura has proven here in Los Angeles that whatever salary she gets here is worth it a hundred times over,” he said.
Christine Pelisek has an excellent story in the current issue of the LA Weekly about the story behind the thousands of untested rape-kits sitting in LAPD freezers. The backlog of untested DNA received public attention last fall after City Controller Laura Chick released a scathing report. Pelisek reveals that the Sheriff’s Department has a similar problem with untested rape kits, uncovers how the system failed so miserably, and why they may never catch up:
It’s now extremely unlikely that either LAPD or the Sheriff’s Department will resolve their DNA-backlog crisis any time soon, because their labs are overwhelmed by a never-ending stream of cases, staffed so poorly that small law-enforcement agencies using the sheriff’s lab in L.A. County opt to hire their own technicians – and even go to neighboring counties.
Sheriff’s spokesman [Earl] Shields admits [Lee] Baca’s department cannot afford to test the rape kits on its shelves, and doesn’t know if it ever will. And LAPD’s new crime-lab space – a gleaming building near Cal State L.A. – is already far too small to handle the load it now faces.
Though the issue’s feature story is about rape, the paper made the baffling choice to feature a photo of a scantily-clad model on the cover, with the headline, “Cuter, Tighter.” To be fair, the cover is promoting an an article about LA Fashion Week- but why? Fashion Week is an event so painfully irrelevant to most women’s lives that even compulsive shoppers and label whores like ourselves couldn’t care less. Now the story about rape- that we read twice.