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opinionl00 HF iN" The public opinion forum where Beverly Hills dukes out the issues SHOULD GIL GARCETTI BE RE-ELECTED AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY? PRO Mitchell Karlan, M.D. I am delighted to declare my full support for the re- election of my good friend, District Attorney Gil Garcetti. I have lived in Beverly Hills for 40 years and I have never been more proud to endorse a candidate for political office. I met Gil Garcetti eight years ago when I was Chairman of the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs. I discussed with him the growing problem of domestic violence in the United States and in Los Angeles County. I presented to him several of the articles I had written on spousal abuse, elder abuse, and child and infant abuse. He assured me that once elected he would take steps to protect abused family members, and kept his word. He worked effectively with Sacramento legislators to pass sig- nificant domestic violence laws. The reported number of homicide has dropped 50% in L.A. County since his first election. Garcetti initiated the nation's first toll free, 24-hour hotline providing immediate, live assistance in six languages for victims of domestic violence. Garcetti has committed himself to education of the underprivileged. School dropouts are potential candidates for a life of crime. Garcetti established the Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) program which sends district attorneys into local schools where they work as educators to help keep students in school. Under his leadership, L.A. County was selected to develop an alternative sen- tencing program for juveniles-the group most responsible for hate crimes. Garcetti was also the first District Attorney in the nation to launch a Hate Crimes Suppression Unit, praised nationally for its innovation and training programs. Gang homicides once terrorized local residents and businesses. Our District Attorney's Office obtained court approved gang injunctions that enabled resi- dents of Beverly Hills and other districts to control their communities. The Beverly Hills Police Department certainly deserve high praise for pro- tecting our local community. But remember that our District Attorney's Office is fight there backing up our police department. Garcetti's opponent blames the District Attorney for the Rampart scandal and for the Belmont High School construction seams. He might as well blame our District Attorney for the recent rains. District Attorney Gil Garcetti has produced results in reducing crime, and he has worked tirelessly to protect and improve our local communities. He, his wife and his family are solid citizens with high integrity. Garcetti is an outstanding leader and is uniquely qualified to be re-elected as our District Attorney. I ask all of my friends, my neighbors and my community to re-elect my fam- ily's choice for District Attorney- Gil Garcetti. Dr. Mitckeli ibu'iu is an oncologic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He was jrorma named Man oj" Ow Year yor the American Cancer Society. CON Joe Rosen I think there's a problem with our Chief Prosecutor. Listening to Gil Garcetti, our District Attorney, you constantly hear excuses---excuses for losing the big cases such as the O.J. Simpson ca, excuses for the Belmont Learning Center scandal, and excuses for the Rampart Division fiasco. Excuse after excuse--and never any successes. You also hear about low morale within the D.A.'s Office and a lack of trust and confi- dence in the justice system. I believe that we need change. And Head Deputy District Attorney Steve Cooley, a 26-year veteran prosecutor, is the best person to make these changes. Through his leadership the people of Los Angeles County will once again have a criminal justice system they can trust. I have lived in Beverly Hills for 35 years and recently retired after owning sev- eral companies, including an aviation electronics company. But in addition to a business career, I have volunteered as a San Fernando Police Reserve Officer for the last 20 years, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. Six years ago I began volunteering in our Beverly Hills Police Department as a Disaster Communications System member. These positions have greatly heightened my knowledge and understanding of how the criminal justice system works. I have known Cooley professionally for 10 years. In 1993, Cooley became the head deputy in charge of the D.A.'s Office at the San Fernando Courthouse. When he arrived, the courthouse's hacklo of cases was one of highest in the county. The justice system had ground to a halt. Cooley's impact was immediate and long term.- Efficiency was restored. Fair and impartial justice became the daily standard. Through his leadership, this courthouse became the benchmark by which all other courts were compared. And at the same time, Cooley earned the respect of judges, defense attorney, public defenders, police officers, chiefs of police, and the very people who worked for him in the District Attorney's Office. It was a remarkable job and proof of a true law enforcement leader. In 1997, Cooley was transferred to the Welfare Fraud Unit as its head deputy. Again, his performance was outstanding and earned him national acclaim. Cooley is an honest and ethical prosecutor. He is fair-minded and will bring balance and impartiality to the office. Additionally, he has proven leadership with a long history of dedicated public service to our community. He will he a D.A. we can trust, respect and be proud of. With G-arcetti we have had excuse after excuse for a failed administration. Our current system of justice in l.,0s Angeles County is under serious suspicion for its fairness and impartiality. Gateetti is too risky to re-elect. With Cooley we have a leader. He never makes excuses and is always willing to he held accountable: On November 7, let's trade the failures of Garcetti for the integrity and professionalism of Cooley. That's why I am voting for Steve Cooley for District Attorney. Joe Rasem i$ a 35.year resblen: oj' Beverly Hills. If you have an idea for "The Ring", call 310.688.6761 March 16-22, 2000 * 5