DIMG: Sheriff Lee Baca and Chief of Police William Barton Appreciates and Thanks Ramy El-Batrawi for His Support and Efforts on Behalf of the Initiative to Pass the 'Public Safety and Homeland Security Sales Tax Initiative,' Better Known as 'Measure A'

Aug 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from DIMG

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- November 19, 2004 The Chief of
 police William Barton of Los Angeles, Sheriff Lee Baca, Then Mayor Hahn and
 the many community leaders who joined the effort thank Mr. Ramy El-Batrawi
 for his support and effort on Public Safety and Homeland Security -- yes on
 Measure A.
     "While the measure did not pass, it does not diminish my appreciation
 for your support of public safety" chief of police William Barton writes in
 a letter to Mr. Ramy El-Batrawi of DIMG. "I am encouraged by the fact that
 almost 64% of the voters in the city and majority of voters in each of the
 City Counsel's 15 district supported the measure" Chief of Police William
 Barton added.
     If it passed, Measure A would raise the LA County sales tax by a half
 percent, from 8.25% to 8.75%. The increase would have raised almost $560
 million in revenue, which would have been used to add more sheriffs and
 city police, expand community policing, strengthen youth and adult crime
 prevention programs, and more. With the extra money it would have put at
 least 5,000 more cops on the county streets. The money would have been
 split between the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the LAPD, and all 44
 other independent police departments throughout the county.
     As the state continued to take away funds from localities to help
 balance the state's deficit, it had come at a time when local governments
 where also facing significant increases in retirement contributions, health
 premiums and other costs of providing services. This had meant that
 localities had made or will have to make cuts to existing programs and
 services, including public safety.
     "I wanted to see the increase of funding for local law enforcement and
 was excited in the benefits of what the measure would have accomplished,"
 says Ramy El-Batrawi.
     Benefits included:
 
     * Additional personnel for law enforcement, local anti-terrorism, homeland
       security, intelligence gathering, and 'first response "capabilities to
       extraordinary emergencies.
 
     * Standardized training for public safety services, local anti-terrorism,
       homeland security, intelligence gathering, and "first response"
       capabilities.
 
 

SOURCE DIMG
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- November 19, 2004 The Chief of
 police William Barton of Los Angeles, Sheriff Lee Baca, Then Mayor Hahn and
 the many community leaders who joined the effort thank Mr. Ramy El-Batrawi
 for his support and effort on Public Safety and Homeland Security -- yes on
 Measure A.
     "While the measure did not pass, it does not diminish my appreciation
 for your support of public safety" chief of police William Barton writes in
 a letter to Mr. Ramy El-Batrawi of DIMG. "I am encouraged by the fact that
 almost 64% of the voters in the city and majority of voters in each of the
 City Counsel's 15 district supported the measure" Chief of Police William
 Barton added.
     If it passed, Measure A would raise the LA County sales tax by a half
 percent, from 8.25% to 8.75%. The increase would have raised almost $560
 million in revenue, which would have been used to add more sheriffs and
 city police, expand community policing, strengthen youth and adult crime
 prevention programs, and more. With the extra money it would have put at
 least 5,000 more cops on the county streets. The money would have been
 split between the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the LAPD, and all 44
 other independent police departments throughout the county.
     As the state continued to take away funds from localities to help
 balance the state's deficit, it had come at a time when local governments
 where also facing significant increases in retirement contributions, health
 premiums and other costs of providing services. This had meant that
 localities had made or will have to make cuts to existing programs and
 services, including public safety.
     "I wanted to see the increase of funding for local law enforcement and
 was excited in the benefits of what the measure would have accomplished,"
 says Ramy El-Batrawi.
     Benefits included:
 
     * Additional personnel for law enforcement, local anti-terrorism, homeland
       security, intelligence gathering, and 'first response "capabilities to
       extraordinary emergencies.
 
     * Standardized training for public safety services, local anti-terrorism,
       homeland security, intelligence gathering, and "first response"
       capabilities.
 
 SOURCE DIMG