Every time the power blinks in City Hall, Kim’s office is dishing out a new press release about how disaster was narrowly avoided. The most recent release –and subsequent “press conference” –came after part of the Saratoga Hotel filled with innocuous smoke. With the city amid the throngs of a significant snow storm and the power to City Hall briefly clipped, fire crews sent to the scene by the county’s 911 dispatchers had no radio contact with the police station.
“During those 19 minutes we were basically stone deaf,” the blatantly fear-mongering Kim openly panicked to the Saratogian. “There was no loss of life, thank God. It’s another example of the difficult problem we have of dealing with a police station that’s 123 years old. This is not hypothetical. This is real.”
Wait a second. Let’s back up here. The firefighters at the scene of the emergency had no contact with the dispatchers in the darkened 123-year-old police station. But they obviously had contact with the county’s dispatch that also had at least cursory radio contact with the city’s fire station. As most would assume, the fire station does indeed have a scanner, with which they would have certainly heard any desperate calls for more man power.
Even more miraculously, most of the responders at the suspected fire also had cell phones –like the police in City Hall and the firefighters on standby at the station. And if all else failed, the suspected fire was within shouting distance of the fire station. With a simple bull horn, responders could have alerted half the city of their progress at the scene.
See, this is what is called ‘redundancy’ in the emergency business and a critical component that prevents important calls from going unanswered. One would expect that the elected public safety commissioner would have a cursory understanding of this redundancy. Kim continues to paint pictures of imminent failures that will one day lead to catastrophe.
Kim’s fear mongering rightly struck the mayor as utterly ludicrous. In an attempt to dissuade the more gullible of residents from jumping off tall buildings, Johnson issued a contradictory release basically refuting every point of the public safety moron’s absurd assumptions.
“It is important to not promote public hysteria on an issue involving phone service to the Police Station, particularly with the prior media accounts regarding the conditions existing at the Station,” Johnson stated in a releases that followed Kim’s bullshit press conference. “Certainly, the sky is not falling."
Johnson’s release obviously struck a nerve with Kim, who must have been deluded into thinking public opinion was on his side. In a brazen display of his ineptitude this week –and perhaps egged on by his incompetent deputy –Kim issued a press release demanding Johnson “retract his irresponsible, inaccurate and misleading statements regarding the city’s 911 telephone system.”
Wisely, Johnson didn’t take the bait. Instead, he left Kim on his own, pissing into the wind. Remarkably, the Saratogian was there to tinkle with him.
What is a bit more astonishing about the whole affair is that a clear and present danger truly exists for the city and it doesn’t involve Kim’s borderline obsession with the police department. Response times are beginning to reach the danger zone when it comes to emergencies on the city’s growing eastern fringe.
Perhaps even more pressing during the recent and continuing economic downtrend is the level of overtime routinely being earned by the cops. Yes, the same cops that Kim will stop at nothing to give a new multi-million dollar public safety facility. Well, here’s an idea for the moonlighting bankruptcy lawyer trying his hardest to bankrupt the city: How about dropping police overtime by a quarter this year? Perhaps that cash could put a down payment on the substation you promised the firefighters last year in their contract.
But that would be reasonable. And a fellow like Ron Kim is anything but reasonable, especially when he has the equally deluded ex-deputy mayor whispering into his ear. Hopefully, the next communication ‘failure’ will be clipping the Public Safety office off City Hall’s grid for the next 20 months.