L.A. Committee Challenges Alarm Fee Exemption for Elected Officials


A Los Angeles City Council committee that approved the
draft of a new alarm policy for the city has called for the
elimination of a part of the new ordinance that would have
exempted elected city officials who have alarm systems. In
approving the draft proposal, the council’s Public Safety
Committee recommended the removal of a provision that would
have made public officials exempt from the new ordinance.

The new rules, approved
by the committee June 7
, would increase fees for false
alarms and institute verified response after two false

The committee still approves of a provision that calls for
a “exempt alarm permit” for city and school buildings,
state and federal offices and diplomats where police would
still respond immediately and false alarm fees would not be
assessed. However, Councilwoman Janice Hahn, an opponent of
verified response, says that exemption shouldn’t be used as
a perk by her fellow council members. “I think we shouldn’t
treat elected officials differently,” she told the Los
Angeles Times

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