The mayor’s proposed reform comes as a firm kick in the goo-gahs to Chief Parks, who personally presides over the current system as a sort of local Captain Queeg. And Bernie, if you don’t like it, well, you have our permission to tender your immediate resignation and get the hell out of town.
Jimmy Hahn’s recent words on the police and secession issues are heartening. But let’s not get carried away — at least not yet. Bill Clinton promised us national health care and humane welfare reform and instead handed us HMOs and abolition of the safety net. The mayor can make city history, and the city a better place, if he now follows through on this simple two-item agenda. To his credit, he has put the ball in play. But he should be advised: Those who insist on recklessly playing on both sides of the street usually wind up getting run over.