1. What steps have been taken to engage and solicit input from the residents and community? What measures will be taken from this point forward?
RESPONSE: Not Known. Ask Garcetti.
2. How would LAPD's plans contribute to, or conversely fail to address, the need for "community healing" from the lingering impact of the "Rampart scandal" and perceptions (at the least!) of an adversarial model of policing?
RESPONSE: Not considered. Ask Police Commission.
3. Have LAPD examined possible models/examples from across the country of developing community service facilities out of formerly policing-only sites?
4. What is the status of work at old Rampart under the (Chicago-based architects) Perkins + Will master contract (asbestos now removed -- right, new floor plans already adopted)?
RESPONSE: Plans will be ready in 2 -3 months. These are submitted to the city for review that then makes any needed corrections and issues work permits. Construction to begin in the fall.
Questions about the asbestos need to be asked of Allan Kawaguchi.
5. Why is it taking so long to get the public meeting/hearing on old Rampart scheduled through Councilmember Garcetti's office?
RESPONSE: Ask Garcetti.
6. Why does Metro need a new Headquarters?
RESPONSE: Don’t know.
7. How did a new headquarters for Metro Division make it to the top of the list when you were considering additional projects to be added to Prop Q funds? (There is no mention of any discussion concerning this process in any of the minutes from COC or AOC meetings prior to a decision being made.)
RESPONSE: Don’t know.
8. Are you familiar with the recommendations made in the 2007 Rampart Reconsidered and the 2008 Board of Inquiry advising against Metro unit (or any police specialized unit) becoming “insular”?
8A: In Rampart Reconsidered, it states many officers implicated in the scandal went to work at Metro Division. When they requested information on these officers, it was refused. An audit was ordered but never delivered to the Blue Ribbon Panel. When I contacted the Metro Division to request this audit they did not return my emails or calls. Can you provide this information?
RESPONSE: Request this from the police commission.
8B. In the 2008 SWAT Inquiry, many suggestions are requested by the investigators. Have they been implemented? And are you aware that the report directly states measures must be taken so that Metro Division does not become “insular”?
9. Why was old Rampart chosen?
RESPONSE: It was cheap and available.
10. What factors make the old Rampart station the best location for this citywide rapid response division?
RESPONSE: Economics were the only factor. One other site - the jail on Avenue 19 - was considered but it was deemed too expensive.
11. Was the childcare facility located behind and adjacent to the police department notified about the “loose” asbestos problem and its subsequent clean up, if it was indeed cleaned up?
RESPONSE: Unknown. Unaware of facility.
[It is much safer to deal with contained and undisturbed asbestos- ie. in a solid state such as a ceiling tile. Since the water break it is considered "loose" asbestos]
12. What steps were taken to protect the public during the “loose Asbestos removal?
RESPONSE: Unknown. Ask Allan Kawaguchi DWP, head of engineering for all Prop Q projects.