“The police station had the greater need, a glaring need,” Mayor Cathy Warner said. “The function has been impaired from so many perspectives, and it’s so obvious they’re using every square inch of space.” If money can be raised for it, officials hope a new library could be built in Uptown Whittier, on land owned by the city at Hadley Street and Comstock Avenue – known as the “Alpha Beta” site – but private donations would have to fund the construction. On Tuesday, Lt. Aviv Bar led council members through the police station. They were shown hallways lined with stacked boxes of old records, closets converted into recruiting offices and bicycles covered with biohazard materials because there is no room to store them. “We’re bursting at the seams,” Bar said. “This place was built in 1955, and if you look at pictures of it back then, it looks exactly the same now. We have outgrown the capacity of this building in many ways.” One of the complaints by officers is the station’s lack of an interview room for crime victims. WHITTIER – Would you agree to a property tax hike to pay for a new police station? Whittier residents soon will be asked that question. The city will conduct a poll by mail to gauge residents’ feelings about a possible bond to pay for a new police station. After touring the aging and overcrowded Whittier Police Department headquarters and the cramped Whittier Public Library on Mar Vista Street on Tuesday, City Council members decided building a new police station is a more pressing need for the city. The only viable way to build a new police station is to use land between the library and the courthouse on Mar Vista, the council decided. The old police station would be demolished, officials said. Officers must interview victims in a high-traffic area that offers no privacy. The problem was illustrated as Bar led the tour past an officer interviewing a young woman, who was crying. Bar said because of the building’s design, family members visiting jailed suspects are brought into the secure area, where they must be escorted at all times by an officer. “It’s not a good way to serve the public,” he said. As for the library, City Manager Steve Helvey said the city would likely solicit design proposals from developers, who would be encouraged to include a library in a mixed-use development. The goal would be to get an idea of the cost for such a project, Helvey said. Meanwhile, members of the Whittier Public Library Foundation, which was created by residents to raise money for a new library, said the group was not disappointed that the council did not favor including a library in any future bond measure. “I think it’s the reality of what the community will support in a tax process,” said Raymond Schmidt, the foundation’s treasurer. “It’s more realistic this way. The police don’t have the avenues or resources to get a new station, where we at least have another option.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Edelman’s 2012 Trust Barometer is out, and the biggest finding is the increasing stock people put in the recommendations of their peers – who surpass nonprofit staff in terms of their trustworthiness as messengers.In speaking about this finding, David Armano of Edelman notes, it is important that we “share the stage with ‘regular’ people who have a voice via a variety of social channels,” as well as to be “in tune with the topics and issues they care about and discuss. Last year I speculated that the decline in attention given toward people like ourselves—our friends and peers may have been related to social media fatigue. This year, it’s possible that many of us who make social networking part of our digital routines have gotten a bit better at filtering the signal from noise, thereby being both more generous but focused with our finite attention spans.”From my perspective, this is just one more piece of data illustrating the importance of third-party endorsement in all of your outreach and engagement. (More evidence is here.) You can’t be your own, only messenger. You need respected authority figures, experts and definitely, everyday champions – who are more powerful than ever.Take two minutes and look at your latest outreach piece or your website or your organization’s Facebook page. Who is speaking for you? Where are they on the trust barometer? If it’s your CEO or ED, you may need additional voices.(Hat tip to Caryn Stein here at Network for Good for the data!)