LENNY FRIEDMAN stepped forward to lead the Pledge -
and then did double-duty by leading us in the song, Home on the Range,
with GREGG ELLIOTT on the piano. Next up was PDG BILL GOODWYN, with
the thought for the day. He told us the story of Lafayette College
challenging Carlyle to a track meet - and Carlyle showed up with just
5 team members, compared to over 40 for their opponents. Carlyle squeaked
by, 71-30, with Jim Thorpe winning the high jump, long jump, pole
vault, and low hurdles, plus placing second in the 100 yard dash.
The moral being, never underestimate what a few good men can do, with
good leadership and motivation.
PP STEVE ADLER introduced several visiting Rotarians,
including PDG Paul Netzel, consultant in Financial Development from
LA 5, Maarten Wageniek , who is a marketing consultant, from North
Hollywood, and Kathy Marashlian, a corporate business development
manager from Century City. PP STEVE had two guests of his own, Cheryl
Kingston, who does PR work for WVRC, and Derek Tennell, who works
with today's speaker as Director of Community Relations. LENORE MULRYAN
introduced Eva Walthers, who has worked with us on the Ambassadorial
Students program, and Pres. GEORGE brought Special Guest Kazuko Nihira,
retired professor of psychiatry at UCLA.
There were at least two jokesters. Our parking lot attendant,
Kevin told about St.. Peter, who was having trouble finding who was
knocking on his door, but then learned that the subject was being
resuscitated, and thus maybe not yet eligible! PP RALPH WOODWORTH
explained the success of their 48-year marriage. Seems he and Bettye
go out to dinner twice a week - Bettye goes on Wednesday, and RALPH
KEN KILPO presented a check for $100 to Christy Walden,
who runs the Pico Beautification Project - the money will be used
to plant trees along Pico, and we are all invited if we wish to volunteer
or donate to the project. PP HOWIE HENKES introduced our newest member,
LYNDON PARKER, an Executive Recruiter who was previously affiliated
with LA 5. PP HOWARD SISKEL donated four tickets to this week's opener
for USC - they play Fresno State, and PP MIKE NEWMAN snapped them
up for a bargain 10 clams.
Jim Greathead resumed his duties as Coordinator of the
District Breakfasts, and reminded us that the next meeting will be
Monday, September 17th, 0715 at the LAX Marriott Hotel. The day before,
the 16th, Opal Desch's memorial service will be held at the Methodist
church at 2 p.m. I just had a call about the memorial service for
DON PARSON - it will be on Saturday the 15th of Sept, l:30 at Calvary
Church in the Palisades. For us old-timers, I'm asking us to remember
DON, please. Being at his service is the best way to show our concern
over a longtime member, OK? And on the 13th, we will be dark, since
our Club Assembly will be that evening, at the Bel Air Bay Club. Everyone
is expected to attend, and new members in particular will learn a
great deal about our many activities. LENNY FRIEDMAN reminds us that
the deadline for providing donated items for the Paul Harris Celebration
is Friday the 14th of September. And the last event in September to
mark on your calendar is the Annual WVRC Picnic - Sunday the 23rd,
at the Siskels, starting at 1 p.m. - BRING THE KIDS!
TODD GURVIS again announced the forthcoming meeting
of the International Service Committee next Thursday, 11:30 at the
hotel. And true to my earlier threat, here is the list of those who
SHOULD be there - (damn the alphabet - full speed ahead!) -Bob Wessling,
Bert Kreisberg, Bill Bloomfield, Bruce Harris, Ernie Wolfe, George
Cox, Harlan Lewis, Henrietta Lian, Henry Tseng, Homer Newman, Howard
Siskel, Joe Fischer, John Singleton, Julie Thompson, Lenore Mulryan,
Leo Tseng, Max Lichtenberger, Raleigh Shao, Ralph Woodworth, Ray Zickfeld,
Ro Shaw, Ron Wanglin, Wally Fischmann, and Yosh Setoguchi, with Mark
Block in charge of Vice…
And while we are talking about Committee Meetings, note
that Community Service, under KEN KILPO will be meeting at the same
time, same place - so here are THOSE members -Andy Anderson, Bill
Michael, Bill Pierce, Dick Davis, Don Nelson, Don Park, Dore Charbonneau,
Floyd Dewhirst, George Reed, Hank Heuer, Howie Henkes, Jack Harris,
Jim Collins, Jim Greathead, Lenny Friedman, Nora Aquino, Rick Livermore,
Sandy Sanderson, Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, Sloss Viau, Terry R. White,
Tom Lenehen and Wally Fischmann - with Chris Gaynor as Vice Chair.
GENE PRINDLE finally showed up, and got nicked 100 bucks
for stealing PP STEVE SCHERER'S car. Without knowing more than I do,
I suspect his long absence was due to the difficulty of selling the
purloined auto - is that right, GENE? More money came in from PP TOM
LENEHEN, since his wife, Elinor, is now the women's paddle tennis
champ at the Beach Club. He forked over 400 big ones - and this, without
the ameliorating effect of any offsetting Dea Dollars. By this time,
we were desperate to have an update on those beloved DePauw Tigers,
as reported frequently by PP BOB WESSLING. Sure enough, they will
play again this season, and hopes are high that they won't have to
wait until BOB'S visit in October before they notch a win. Stay tuned.
Rocky Delgadillo, our new City Attorney, was introduced
by PP STEVE ADLER. After graduating from Harvard, he got his law degree
at Columbia - and these accomplishments came after being surrounded
by gangs in the inner city while he was growing up. A pretty impressive
resume, certainly. He thanked us for our support during his campaign
- and allowed as how those who didn't vote for him could 'leave now'.
Rocky's formal talk was brief. He has three priorities
- First, to implement the conditions set forth in the Consent Decree
covering the LAPD. He would like to stay ahead of the curve on this,
since progress has been slow so far. One unfortunate result of the
Decree is that officers sometimes are hesitant to enforce the law,
at least until they fully understand any new rules and regulations.
A major concern here is the low morale of the LAPD, and raising this
morale is certainly timely and important.
Priority #2 is a new approach to PREVENTING crime. Education
is the key here, which means a focus on literacy. He noted that we
need to build 85 new schools in the next four years - this after building
just FOUR schools in the last five years! This means there is not
much 'hands on' experience available among current school administrators.
Another bad side effect of the pending Decree is that gangs are no
longer under control - gang violence is up 100% since the Rampart
mess started. He believes that he can chase gang members out of gangs,
by providing education and jobs.
#3 is the need to reinvent what we do. We must reduce
our liability for police actions, and he thinks this can come down
by l/3rd. An example is the past lack of coordination between the
City Attorney and LAPD in firing or disciplining officers. Once established,
such coordination would materially reduce the city's liability - and
money saved can be used for more positive activities.
Q&A -Neal Zaslavsky lives in West Hollywood, and he
feels that their level of community support is greatly reduced because
of jurisdictional disputes between their police force and the LAPD.
Rocky pointed out that West Hollywood voted to become independent
- and that's part of the price that must be paid. ELLIOTT TURNER asked
his opinion on legalizing drugs. Rocky didn't feel he knew enough
about the subject to reply. PP MIKE NEWMAN. reminded us that the City
Attorney only prosecutes misdemeanors - the D.A. handles felonies.
PDG BILL GOODWYN asked what the specific responsibilities of Rocky's
office are. He is the chief advisor to the city in legal matters,
which means that 40% of his staff of 1000 is involved with prosecutions,
while 60% spend their time defending the city against lawsuits. They
also advise on getting permits - and this function will be most helpful
when they start building all those new schools. MIKE YOUSEM wanted
to know why so many cops are leaving LAPD.
They feel they are under siege - the very small percentage
of bad cops gives the entire force a bad name - not fair, but it still
works that way. And most of them cannot afford to live in the city
- thus they commute from far away, which they can avoid by joining
the police force close to where they live. PP ROY BELOSIC asked about
the status of Belmont. One problem is the seeping of methane gas -
it can be fixed for 15 million, and since we have already spent 200
million, that seems to be a good expenditure. Also, Eli Broad is active
in getting Belmont designated a Charter School. If this is done, it
eliminates the liability question - you only attend there by choice.
GEORGE COX asked if the proposed 3 day, 12 hour shift idea is primarily
favored because it would allow officers to hold another job Yes. PP
STEVE ADLER asked how the 3-strike law is working. Not as expected,
certainly. DORE CHARBONNEAU wondered about the quality of life issue,
especially in the effort to rehab the homeless. The homeless will
always be tough to help, since discipline is often lacking.
Summary - this was a broad ranging inquiry, and Rocky
handled it well. However, as a personal opinion, he does seem to have
almost more plans than he can supervise. Politics isn't easy.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe