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Dispatch woes rankle LAPD officials

Leaders call for system overhaul after center's 12-hour blackout last week

The Daily News of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The 12-hour blackout of the Police Department's dispatch center last week renewed calls to overhaul communications for first responders, including a plan to upgrade the Hollywood Hills site that experienced the recent breakdown.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday he believes it was personnel or equipment problems at Mount Lee that lead to shutdown last week of the Los Angeles Police Department's dispatch communication equipment.

"There were certainly personnel issues involved related to this facility," Villaraigosa said during a news conference at City Hall. "But, it also might have been equipment related. We should have some redundancies built in to make sure we are covered at all times."

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