Many residents have noticed that since January, when Michael Moore retired as the LAPD’s Senior Lead Officer for Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, we have had four temporary officers.
All have been effective, but one reader emailed Circling the News on May 7: “I did not realize until yesterday that Rusty [Officer John Redican] is up for this position and has four others running for the position as well.
“I gave him a call and he said he would welcome letters to Captain Tom and Chief Moore. I know so many in the Palisades would love to put their name on a letter saying they support Rusty in this new position of Senior Lead Officer of Pacific Palisades.”
Officer Redican has worked admirably with the Pacific Palisades Beach Patrol, the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and with various homeless individuals since 2016.
In a letter published on April 13 on CTN, he expressed his thoughts about Councilman Mike Bonin’s motion to house the homeless on the Will Rogers State Beach parking lot.
“Will Rogers State Beach, and really anywhere in the 24.6-sq.-mile, mostly single-residence, mostly residential area of Pacific Palisades, are NOT viable places for these resources and encampments.
“Some in government may take issue with my level of honesty, and willingness to put myself out there and be transparent. But again… At the end of the day, I work for all of you and that includes working for our fellow citizens experiencing homelessness. Many times, they don’t have a legitimate voice.
“This crisis didn’t happen overnight and will not be fixed overnight. But every day we defer, the problem and despair becomes worse and worse.” (To read the entire letter, visit: https://www.circlingthenews.com/viewpoint-officer-redican-offers-his-perspective-on-homeless-at-the-beach/)
Many residents have Rusty on speed dial because of his willingness to interact with the community.
If you would like to see him as our permanent senior lead officer, instead of the never-ending temporary fill-ins, contact Captain Jonathan Tom, Commanding Officer of the West L.A. Division, LAPD Chief Michael Moore and email Sergeant Alpert, who is in charge of SLO’s (email@example.com).