Los Feliz and Other Neighborhood Councils Speak Out Against Arming LA Park Wardens | Parks
An LA city council committee on Tuesday brought forward a controversial motion to allow park rangers on duty to carry firearms.
Several Eastside neighborhood councils – including Echo Park, Highland Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake – have expressed opposition to the proposal from city councilor and committee member Joe Buscaino, mayoral candidate.
The Arts, Parks, Health, Education and Neighborhoods committee approved the motion by a 2-1 vote, Buscaino and committee chair, Councilor John Lee, voting in favor of the progress of the motion. Councilor Mike Bonin disagreed.
The motion, if approved by the entire city council, would direct the city attorney to prepare an amendment to the city’s municipal code to allow park rangers to carry firearms. The motion has the support of LAPD leader Michel Moore as well as several neighborhood councils.
Incident at Elysian Park
Forest Park Chief Joe Losorelli noted an incident at Elysian Park in which park rangers attempted to contact two people drinking beers in the park, but “before they even had enough information to collect the names and phone numbers of those people they are shooting at. “
He added that rangers had to wait 10 minutes for a police response during this incident.
Bonin, who opposed the motion, said he found problems with the argument that park rangers should be armed as they currently have to wait for the police to respond.
“Everyone too. If having to call the cops justifies someone being armed, then … are we going to start talking next month about arming the LADOT agents, are we going to start talking about arming the LADOT agents? parking lot, are we gonna start talking about arming the librarians? “
Appellants voicing opposition to the motion flooded the committee meeting with people calling the idea “absurd”, “absurd” and “ridiculous.”
“As a neighborhood council that represents Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States and so reflects the identity of our neighborhood, we strongly oppose this motion,” said the neighborhood council of Los Feliz in a comment submitted to the city. Advice.
The motion will then go to city council, and not to the public safety committee, according to the office of that committee’s chair, city councilor Monica Rodriguez.