|Coming soon: Copycat 2, starring Wendy Greuel|
But that fact had already been established months earlier:
On March 7, 2012, former Mayoral candidate Austin Beutner let the cat out of the bag at the Huffington Post by revealing what he and presumably the rest of his fellow City Hall insiders -- including Greuel -- already knew, namely, that response times were up:
In 2008, Los Angeles was a leader in response time, with the LAFD arriving on the scene of a medical emergency within five minutes 86% of the time.
In 2011, after the cuts and Mr. Garcetti's promises, the LAFD arrived at a medical emergency within five minutes only 59% of the time. The big drop from 86% to 59% -- for every 100 incidents the LAFD responds to there are at least 27 victims who don't get the timely help they need.
On March 10, 2012, NBC Channel 4 aired a story entitled "LA Fire Department Fudges Response Times," which cited a story from the same day in the Los Angeles Times.
By March 23, 2012, Villaraigosa, pretending he was some kind of outsider, announced he would look into the matter.
So now Greuel is belatedly "revealing" what everybody has known for months.
Nor is this the first time Greuel has tried to pass off someone else's homework as her own. Remember how she issued an "audit" stating there was corruption at the Coliseum -- AFTER the press had reported INDICTMENTS had been issued? Remember how she re-cycled Laura Chick's old audits -- the audits that Greuel ignored when Greuel was on the City Council?
Why is Greuel trying to pass off others' work as her own? Easy. She is manufacturing fodder for her campaign commercials. She will run TV ads to try to dupe L.A.'s lazy, uninformed voters into believing that she revealed all these problems, when instead all she did was have her staff re-package stale news stories.
Hey, Wendy, can you point to any audit you have issued -- any at all -- that identified a problem before it was already reported in the press? Didn't think so.