Who’s Protecting Us?
Councilmember John Kennedy provided a compelling answer at a recent Public Safety Committee hearing as to why Internal Affairs files on “non-serious” officer misconduct from 1991 to 2008 were proposed for destruction by Chief Sanchez. Kennedy said he spoke with several officers about this and learned they mostly didn’t want anything on their records that might hamper their careers.
Let’s not forget Detective William Broghamer’s recently revealed remarks to a colleague regarding a witness to a crime: “Just pin it on anyone … that’s how we roll here.” Broghamer’s troubling history might involve one of the 16 current employees whose misconduct files will be destroyed. We’ll never know.
It’s understandable that officers will always protect their own, but who’s protecting the public from such officers? It’s certainly not our City Council.
~ KRIS OCKERSHAUSER, PASADENA
More PW History
It was interesting reading the cover story of the July 17 issue.
Pasadena Media, Inc. did not create a free weekly newspaper from scratch, as one might conclude from your self-congratulatory cover series.
Proper credit and respect should be given to prior owners and editors of what became Pasadena (and Altadena) Weekly: Dennis and Ann Jopling, Sue Redman and the late Harry Smith. These people published and edited weeklies under various titles, including The Altadenan and The Chronicle.
The history of print media in Altadena and Pasadena goes back to the early 1930s or so.
Former offices were located at 2396 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, and, under Pasadena Media, Inc., at the southeast corner of Raymond Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena.
Pasadena Media, Inc. also published a biweekly tab newspaper in the mid- to late-1980s, Nine to Nine. This paper was designed for the thousands of commuters coming to work in Pasadena and surrounding areas, while living elsewhere.
Let us not forget the many staffers of long ago, writers, sales staff, layout and design and circulation. Some of these in sales were Ron Slack, Leonard Farinacci and Mike Manning. Writers included Steve Hechman, Shirley Manning, Jo Ann Farmia, Midge Poynter, Christopher Nyerges and others. The accountant/business manager was Robert Halsey.
Pasadena Media, Inc., aka Pasadena Weekly, has always been a success because of investors and executives, but also hourly and salaried 9 to 5 staff.
Let the complete history be told.
THEODORE T. ALEXANDER III
(The writer was employed as circulation manager from 1978 to 1986 by Pasadena Media, Inc. and its predecessors.)
Again this year I was reminded that June and July are not my favorite months to be a gay man. Although celebrated as the LGBT community’s time of year to stand up and take pride, many of the happenings should be seen as nothing short of misrepresenting and, ultimately, embarrassing for the overall gay population.
I attended a gay pride event for the first time in Los Angeles at the age of 16. My expectations were utterly inaccurate and disappointment came quickly. Although I do take pride in being gay and would like to openly demonstrate my appreciation for the advances that have been made, it certainly was not going to happen there. There would be no bone to pick whatsoever if, as intended, gay pride was a place where people of all orientations came together simply to celebrate gay rights and equality. This is pathetically not the case.
Namely, this is referring to the partial (and sometimes full) displays of nudity, free condoms being handed out and the excessive drinking and drug use that all play a big role in a typical big-city LGBT pride celebration. The list goes on.
This is not to say that positive, constructive celebration is entirely absent. I recently visited the gay-friendly city of Bisbee in southeastern Arizona. One local lesbian I spoke with laughed as she explained that their gay pride event (held every June) is “a lot less chest, a lot more dressed, and for that we are blessed.” She spoke the exact words I wish I could have used to describe my previous gay pride experiences. I chuckled and told her that I now had moving on my mind.
This is also not to suggest that positive celebration is completely lacking from large gay pride events. However, for anyone who has attended a pride event in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego, for example, there is no denying the overwhelming presence of such sexually based expression — with which, in and of itself, I do not take issue. For those wanting to congregate to express their sexually based desires and fetishes and parade around in their underwear, by all means, they should be free to do just that. Myself and many others simply ask that they come up with their own name and venue for such an occasion and not disrespect the gay community’s equality achievements by interrupting and taking over the intended message of gay pride.
The hypocrisy associated with these events, realized or not, does an insurmountable amount of damage to overall recognition and progress of gay rights. Dancing in public without clothes is no way to celebrate the rights of a gay couple having the ability to wed, adopt and start a family. Handing out free condoms, encouraging “safe” sex with strangers, is no way to help raise money for HIV and AIDS research. And using gay pride as a place to find your next sleeping partner is no way to, at the same time, demand acceptance.
The organizers of a given gay pride event need to echo the importance associated with the intended purpose and message of pride. Even if that means telling people to put some clothes on and having a table educating people, particularly youth, that even “safe” sex is not always safe.
God willing, one day I hope to be raising children with another man. Gay pride events should be a safe place for families to come with their kids and celebrate progression toward fair and equal rights. As it is, however, I would not even consider taking a child of mine to an event that, in reality, too often celebrates sexual activity more than sexual orientation.
~ DANIEL A. COWELL, VIA EMAIL
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“The Wrong Cop?” July 10
Bully cop put in check by the public defender.
~ TRUE REASON