Letter to KCBS2 / KCAL9 Steven Mauldin Regarding Unpaid Parking Tickets
On April 29, 2010 the Los Angeles Police Department held its annual Recognition Day Awards
Ceremony. Officers and civilian men and women from the Department were recognized for their
dedication and commitment towards the people they serve in communities throughout Los Angeles.
It was at this ceremony that KCBS2 / KCAL9 reporter David Goldstein cornered an assistant chief
of the LAPD about unpaid parking tickets. Below is a letter sent to the station's management, on
May 4, 2010 with Assistant Chief of Police Beck bullying the Media Manager over the disclosure
of an LAPD Officer's above the law transgressions.
Mr. Steven Mauldin
CBS Studio City
4200 Radford Avenue
Studio City, California 91604
This correspondence is to bring to your attention an investigative report which may contain some incomplete information. Since the segment is reportedly scheduled to air on Thursday May 6, 2010, the scope of the omissions cannot be fully measured; however, the positive relationship and mutual respect that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has fostered with the media, including KCBS2/KCAL9, dictates that we provide you with critical additional information.
As you know, Investigative Reporter David Goldstein is preparing a report on the use of “confidential license plates” similar to the April 2008 report in the Orange County Register.
Mr. Goldstein has learned that some agencies responsible for processing parking fines have amassed significant numbers of unpaid citations for vehicles registered under the provisions of a confidential license plate program. Since the late 1970s, individuals in qualifying occupations may request that their personal information be shielded in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) database. The program is designed to protect the individual and their families. In many cases the vehicles registered under these protections are second and third vehicles used exclusively by family members.
Agencies processing citations on vehicles with confidential plates must go through a labor-intensive process of identifying the registered owner, their employer, and a name and address of the person authorized by that employer to receive confidential notifications. To meet the California Vehicle Code standard, the agency processing the collection must issue a letter or other official notification before a report of non-payment can be made to the DMV for further action such as registration renewal holds.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, in the City of LA, citations issued to vehicles with confidential plates are paid promptly at a rate of 70 percent. That far exceeds the 45 percent prompt pay-rate of the general public.
On April 29, 2010, Mr. Goldstein and other members of the media were invited to and attended the LAPD Recognition Day where a number of LAPD command and staff officers were honoring the recipients of the Department’s highest awards. It was at this event that Mr. Goldstein chose to confront an assistant chief with documents indicating that he had 18 unpaid parking tickets.
Based on our inquiry into the matter, the assistant chief in question had never been notified about the citations for a vehicle that a member of his family had operated. Our Internal Affairs Division has begun to conduct an investigation and has thus far determined, that beginning in February 2010, the City of Los Angeles and a vendor issued letters for the first time since 2002, to agencies employing users of confidential plates who have unpaid citations. It has been determined that the letters received by the LAPD were not forwarded to the concerned employees. This administrative oversight is being investigated and appropriate action will be taken.
Considering the excellent working relationship that we enjoy with KCBS2/KCAL9, I am hopeful that in the future, your reporters and producers will not feel the need to ambush LAPD personnel. Had your reporter requested an interview in advance, the assistant chief would have spoken to the reporter once he had an opportunity to investigate the facts.
The concerned assistant chief has paid the outstanding fines and two other LAPD officers
have been put on notice to make payment without unnecessary delay. Finally, we are
taking steps to ensure that notifications regarding confidential plates are acted upon promptly.
Very truly yours,
Chief of Police
MARY GRADY, Public Information Director
Public Information Office
THE REAL TRUTH:
The real truth is: law enforcement is intent upon making themselves above the law. Its a subculture that has developed into a lifestyle. And when a transgresser is caught as this reporter caught the LAPD higher up for not paying eighteen parking tickets, the Media Station received a letter that is in fact a concealed threat.
Excuses hit the fan. The LAPD pays their tickets at a higher rate than the public. Sure they do. The vehicle in use was a family members and was not the LAPD officer's. Really. Just who is responsible for the paying of those tickets once the Officer's status qualifies a family member to drive with a concealed identity plate? You know the answer. The Officer in question is responsible.
But who is the bad guy? According to the saintly Assistant Chief of Police Beck, Reporter Goldman ambushed an LAPD officer?
The tickets have been taken care of, whether they were paid or not is another story. The problem continues to be the issuing of concealed license plates that no-one can identify without a great deal of investigation, so as to protect law enforcement from being identified by criminals. Fine. But not paying their tickets puts them above the law. That disclosure is what we might call a lead. Once we know an Officer is not paying his parking tickets, we also know he and his family members are parking anywhere they please in public and are living above the law. From there it should be a sure thing to investigate a little further and find out what other laws these officers are breaking any time they please.
The letter to the Media Manager refers to the interviewer ambushing LAPD personnel. If citizens of Los Angeles County are caught in the transgression, are they ambushed? No, of course not, so it should be clear the letter from Assistant Chief Beck of the LAPD is a concealed threat. In it he is saying, "Don't bother us with obeying the law. We are the law."
This is the attitude that must be busted before its too late.
MEDIA ROUGHED UP AT LOS ANGELES MAY DAY RALLY:
In the above video, the Los Angeles Police Department obviously does not teach its officers any respect for the rights of the public or for the Media.
The police in America are very much aware of the power of film to shine its all revealing Light on their evil doings,
so everywhere you go in this Country you must know before you enter into a situation where police are present, that
if they see you they will most likely stop you one way or another.