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New LAPD Headquarters' Proposed Name Draws Fire

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They begin moving next month and by the end of the year, the new LAPD headquarters next to the LA Times building should be open for business. But one thing that's not settled yet is what to name it, or if it even needs one at all. One name being considered is transferring the same one from the current one: Parker Center, named after the controversial and racist Chief William Parker from the 1950s. "Parker does not warrant similar commemoration at the new headquarters, scheduled to open by the end of the year," the LA Times editorial board opined today. "The City Council should reject the misguided proposal to name the building for him. It needs no moniker at all, and certainly not that of this complicated and flawed chief." The safest naming bet is this one: Police Administration Building.

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