L.A. fire commissioner says Garcetti removing him from panel due to pressure from union

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Board of Fire Commissioners member Andrew Glazier at a January 2020 meeting at City Hall East.(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Board of Fire Commissioners member Andrew Glazier at a January 2020 meeting at City Hall East.(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

A longtime member of the citizen panel overseeing the Los Angeles Fire Department says Mayor Eric Garcetti is removing him from his post at the request of the powerful firefighters union.

The decision to replace Andrew Glazier on the Board of Fire Commissioners when his term expires this month has led to a messy and dramatic episode at City Hall, exposing tensions between the fire union and the five-member commission.

A Garcetti spokesman confirmed that Glazier is not being reappointed but denied that “politics” were involved. The union said it isn’t behind the commissioner’s departure.

“Mayor Garcetti makes decisions about who sits on the Fire Commission solely with Angelenos’ safety in mind, not politics,” said Alex Comisar, the mayor’s spokesman.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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