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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals More money could be spent to harden transportation targets, including LAX and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Leap said. The former 9-11 commission, now operating as the privately funded 9-11 Public Discourse Project, released a scathing report Monday criticizing the federal government’s response in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It evaluated the federal government’s implementation of 41 recommendations made by the commission in July 2004. The government received failing grades on five recommendations, including allocating homeland security funds with a risk-based system, providing adequate communication tools so first responders can communicate in a crisis and improving screening of airline passengers. “We’re frustrated, all of us – frustrated at the lack of urgency in addressing these various problems,” said former commission Chairman Thomas Kean, a Republican and former New Jersey governor. “We shouldn’t need another wake-up call. We believe that the terrorists will strike again. So does every responsible expert that we have talked to. And if they do, and these reforms that might have prevented such an attack have not been implemented, what will our excuse be?” Despite being one of the top three terrorist targets in the nation, Los Angeles does not receive nearly enough federal funding to protect the city against an attack, according to a report released Monday and interviews with local law enforcement officials. Los Angeles received less per-capita funding than Vermont, Wyoming and other low-risk areas in a funding system that leaves the area and the nation vulnerable, according to a follow-up report issued by the commission that investigated the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In 2005, Los Angeles County received $92 million in two federal grants – money shared among the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and 16 other cities. “That is not nearly what we need,” said LAPD Cmdr. Mark Leap, head of the department’s Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. “We need at least double that.” Officials from the Bush administration have blamed Congress for failing to enact the commission’s recommendations. “They are funding things based on old models, pre-9-11 models,” White House Counselor Dan Bartlett said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We think it’s important that homeland security dollars go to where the threats are.” In Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said they believe they are better prepared than many other cities. Their radio system allows police and firefighters to communicate in an emergency, but frequencies must be patched together to make it work, Leap said. California also has an efficient command structure used in all major incidents, one officials consider a model system. The commission said such a structure is lacking in many places, and that an efficient command structure would have helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Operation Archangel, the LAPD’s unit responsible for assessing critical infrastructure, is also considered a model system, but officials believe it could be expanded with more money. Even if the federal government does increase funding for Los Angeles, city officials would like to have more flexibility in how they can use the money. Federal funds cannot be used for staffing – which means the LAPD must take officers away from other units to beef up its counterterrorism division. The LAPD has submitted a $7 million funding request to the City Council for staffing of its counterterrorism bureau. “It’s a terrible issue,” Leap said. “Not only do I think homeland security grant money should be risk- and vulnerability-based, but it should give the local government the ability to fund full-time counterterrorism personnel, and it just doesn’t do that now.” In Sacramento on Monday, state officials held the first of several planned hearings into homeland security and emergency preparedness issues. The series of hearings, to continue through next year, will look into issues from terrorism to avian flu to flood preparedness. “These hearings are about ensuring that California has prepared adequate response measures to a major national disaster or a terrorist attack,” said Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security. “Statewide efforts will require extensive coordination between various governmental entities that are currently at different stages of readiness. It is important to understand what has been and what still needs to be done.” The state’s homeland security director, Matthew Bettenhausen, said he believes the state would receive better marks on coordination between agencies on terrorism issues than the federal government received in the commission’s report card. “We’ve avoided allowing some of those bureaucratic barriers to information exchange and information sharing to get in the way out here in California,” Bettenhausen said. “That’s one of the reasons why the governor has been committed to prevention being the No. 1 priority through our information threat assessment centers, both on the state and regional level.” He added that California “continues to be a high-risk state, with a wide variety of potential targets.” Because of its size and cultural diversity, he said, the state offers opportunities for terrorists to hide, recruit supporters and obtain logistical support for attacks. And the history of human and drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border makes it easier for terrorists to import people, equipment and even potential weapons of mass destruction. He also noted that the state has had success preventing terrorism, including a planned millennium attack on Los Angeles International Airport, and finding suspected terrorists in Lodi and L.A. The state has also been investigating the radicalizing and recruitment of inmates in state prisons, including Folsom, he said. One project the state has undertaken is developing a series of five threat assessment centers statewide, where officials from local, state and federal agencies can work together under one roof to share information and coordinate investigations. The centers, including one in Los Angeles, should be ready by 2007, Bettenhausen said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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