Porn Scandal Fallout: City Hires New Top Traffic Cop

LADOT officials say they wanted someone with no connection to the recent scandals involving pornography and prostitution

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Bureau of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control has been under heavy scrutiny following multiple NBC4 reports.

    The City of Los Angeles has named a new Chief of Parking Enforcement, who is promising to restore public confidence to an agency whose reputation was tarnished by a series of NBC4 investigations.

    Outgoing Hermosa Beach Police Chief Gregory Savelli will run the Bureau of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control, according to the LA Department of Transportation.

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    The bureau's 670 officers issue more than $100 million of parking tickets every year.

    Savelli told NBC4 that issuing parking tickets is a "thankless job," but he added, "We want to make sure that when we take enforcement action, the public has confidence that action was taken with integrity and was ethical."

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    LA Parking Enforcement has been under fire since last May, when NBC4 exposed how two officers dressed in uniform appeared in a porn movie.

    Then NBC4 discovered that numerous other officers had committed crimes while on duty, such as soliciting prostitutes.

    As a result of the NBC4 reports, longtime Parking Enforcement Chief Jimmy Price was forced to retire early. Then Deputy Chief Rudy Carrasco, a 30-year veteran of the agency, was forced to resign.

    LADOT officials told NBC4 they wanted an outsider -- with no connection to the recent scandals -- to run the agency. Before heading the Hermosa Beach PD, Savelli was in charge of investigations for the Modesto Police Department, where he oversaw the high-profile murder investigation of Laci Peterson.

    Savelli takes over LA Parking Enforcement on Jan. 17.

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