first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTo dramatize the point, Weiss cited the case of a woman who was assaulted in her home while her 15-year-old son was asleep in an adjoining bedroom. “Like all rape victims, her body was one of the crime scenes,” Weiss said. “Evidence was collected and packaged in a rape kit. The detective was told it would take eight months to analyze the rape kit.” Weiss said detectives believed the woman’s rapist was a repeat offender. When the rape kit was processed, police said his DNA was linked to two other sexual assault victims – one of them a child. Aides to Villaraigosa and Bratton said they are studying Weiss’ proposal. For his part, Weiss said he will be pursuing funds for the plan during budget deliberations that begin in April. Councilman Jack Weiss, who made the proposal in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, said he will press next year to make solving the crimes a top priority. “I am going to hold hearings every week on the backlog of DNA cases until every woman and man in this city is outraged,” said Weiss, who chairs the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. “Everyone says that public safety is our top priority. Well, there should be no higher priority than getting rapists and murderers off the streets of our city.” Under Weiss’ plan, 22 criminalists and four lab technicians would be hired over the next two years and additional rape kits would be provided, with a goal to clear up the backlog over 30 months. “In a budget of $7 billion, a $10 million program isn’t that much,” Weiss said. Weiss, who has announced plans to run for city attorney in 2009, last week donated $100,000 from his City Council office budget to the LAPD to clear up 100 cases backlogged to be tested for DNA evidence. “The people who have been raped and had evidence collected from them in the most intrusive way deserve to have their cases tested and resolved,” Weiss said. LAPD statistics show that 50 rapes were reported last month and 74 were reported in October. For the year, there have been 801 rapes reported, compared with 928 in 2006. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img