Public safety at the public’s expense

Amanda Baumfeld reports that Montebello Councilwoman Kathy Salazar is pushing to keep local control of cops and impose an additional 1/2 to 1 percent sales tax for public safety.

My question is this: Why is Salazar such an advocate for public safety? Is there any personal gain that she would get out of it, other than, say, a safer neighborhood? Here’s why she says these issues are important to her:

“This is what the city wants,” Salazar said. “It gives the power back to the people. It’s their city.”


Salazar, who re-entered office in November, said she wants the sales tax measure on the ballot because during her campaign people said they would be willing to pay for public safety.