The interview with Petula Clark by Carl Kozlowski in your Nov. 29 edition (“Timeless Talent”) was very interesting and brought back memories to me of show business in England during World War II.
In 1941, I was working in a comedy act, “Tommy Jover and Nena and Raf,” in a variety show at a theater in London. One day, word went around the company that a little girl, a singing sensation, would be appearing in the first half of the program. This little girl, Petula Clark, was 9 and had to go on early in the evening in order to comply with England’s child labor laws.
I was 19 and watched Petula from the wings as she stood all alone on that stage in front of a microphone and sang her heart out. I was sure right then that she would go on to achieve even bigger things, and am not a bit surprised she is still thrilling people with her singing.
Way to go, Petula!
– NENA KELTY
Re: “More Questions Than Answers,” by Rabbi Marvin Gross, Dec. 6
Dear Rabbi Gross, thank you for your Nov. 20, 2018 letter sharing the results of the Temple‘s community engagement on the matters you discussed. Since the Nov. 17, 2017 incident involving Christopher Ballew, the Police Department has taken considerable steps forward, including organizational accountabilities, enhanced policies and procedures and training modules. To that end, in 2018 use-of-force incidents by Pasadena police officers have decreased by 30 percent and force has been used in only 0.59 percent of all arrests during the year thus far. Additionally, the interim chief of police has developed a Chief’s Advisory Council with members representing Pasadena, Altadena, the Pasadena Chapter of the NAACP, CICOPP, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress and immigration rights groups to ensure better communication and community engagement.
For background and to clarify your letter, the Police Department is conducting the internal affairs investigation into the November 2017 incident, but that investigation has been tolled as allowed by state law. “Tolling” means that the one-year deadline to make final findings and to impose discipline is stayed because of pending civil litigation. So, while the incident is being looked at and is being addressed in the internal affairs investigation process, we hope you agree that disciplinary matters should be 100 percent disconnected from any considerations related to ongoing litigation.
We cannot get into details about the pending internal affairs investigation, due to state laws providing for the confidentiality over police officer personnel records. Separately, however, the National Police Foundation (NPF) has been retained to prepare an independent review of (a) the November 2017 incident, and, (b) when completed, the internal affairs review. The NPF report, when it is completed, will be shared publicly, and we hope that report will provide some of the discussion and information your letter seeks.
As to your concerns over the pending civil litigation brought by Mr. Ballew, the Police Department, and not the city attorney‘s office, is conducting the internal affairs investigation, as mentioned above.
In regards to the Police Department’s use-of-force policy, and separate from the independent review of the November 2017 incident. NPF has been retained to review Police Department policies, procedures and training in many areas, including use of force. We have provided NPF with a copy of the referenced letter from the ACLU of Southern California and CICOPP.
Again, thank you for sharing your comments, and 1 look forward to working with you and others in the community to improve the quality o1 life in our city.
– STEVE MERMELL
CITY OF PASADENA
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Re: “Four In, One Out,” Nov. 29
If you read the article, the PW as usual went to print without having all the facts and not knowing who the other candidates are, therefore could only write about Perez.
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